Utah star center Jakob Poeltl will enter the NBA Draft and hire an agent, according to Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Poeltl announced his decision in an on-campus press conference last night, and clearly had done a lot of thinking on the matter.
“I’m not sure if I want to leave — I want to do both, even though it’s not possible,” he said. “I had such a good time here with everybody involved, that’s what made it hard on me. But at the end of the day, it was the decision I had and wanted to make to move on with my basketball career.”
And Poeltl made the absolutely right decision. He already has an NBA body at seven feet tall, 230 pounds and averaged 17.6 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 66 percent from the field for the Utes last year, helping Utah return to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed before losing to No. 11 Gonzaga in the second round. Poeltl also showed great improvement in his low post game after primarily being a face-up big man his freshman season.
At this rate, so long as he impresses at team workouts and next month’s NBA Scouting Combine, he is sure to be a Top 10 pick come June’s NBA Draft.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Poeltl’s path to the NBA!
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