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Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji Declares for 2022 NBA Draft

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

After a magical run to the 2022 National Championship, Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament, has declared for the NBA Draft.

Agbaji’s 2021-22 season was the best of his career, averaging 18.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, both career highs. The senior guard from Kansas City, Missouri was the best player on the country’s best team and was a lightning rod for exciting plays throughout the season.

 

His best game of the season was undoubtedly on January 24th against 13th-ranked Texas Tech. Agbaji scored a career-high 37 points, and the Jayhawks heeded every one of those points to get past the Red Raiders 94-91 in 2OT. His biggest shot came with just over nine seconds left in the first overtime period.

Before his senior year at KU, Agbaji was widely viewed as a second-round pick, but is now a virtual lock early in the first round after the 21-year-old lit up college basketball throughout the 2021 season.

Sporting News recently named Agbaji their “biggest riser” for the 2022 NBA Draft after the NCAA tournament:

“Agbaji had a slow start to the NCAA Tournament but eventually found his groove, helping lead Kansas to the national championship,” Kyle Irving writes.

“The senior wing caught fire from 3-point range, flashing his improved jump shot that has him skyrocketing up Mock Draft boards. Agbaji buried 45.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in the tournament, giving us a preview of the future 3-and-D role he’ll hold in the NBA. At 6-foot-5, 215 pounds with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Agbaji has the size and length to be a disruptive perimeter defender as a pro. His speed and athleticism make him a threat in transition and as a cutter in the halfcourt.

“Agbaji is ready to make an impact in an NBA rotation today, and he put that on display in the Jayhawks’ March Madness run.”

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