UCLA forward Kevon Looney has announced that he will forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.

UCLA’s Kevon Looney declares for NBA Draft

The UCLA Bruin basketball program has taken a hit, with news that forward Kevon Looney will be forgoing his final eligibility at the collegiate level to declare for the NBA Draft.

Looney is expected to be a top 20 pick.

“This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said in a statement released by the university. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a dream I’ve had for so long, and this feels like the right time to pursue that dream and make the transition to the next level.”

Looney’s head coach at UCLA, Steve Alford, also commented on his decision to go pro.

“I know that this was not an easy choice for Kevon, and I completely support the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA,” UCLA Alford said.

Kevon Looney will now begin his preparation for the 2015 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 Looney averaged averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds this past season.

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