Gonzaga star Rui Hachimura declares for NBA draft


Gonzaga star forward Rui Hachimura has declared for the NBA draft.

The junior said Monday he will hire an agent as he pursues a professional career.

The 6-foot-8 native of Japan led Gonzaga in scoring this season with 19.7 points per game while shooting 59% from the field. He was also named the West Coast Conference player of the year.

During three years at Gonzaga, Hachimura was part of three trips to the Sweet 16, two Elite Eights, and an appearance in the national championship game.

Gonzaga finished with a 33-4 record this season and advanced to the Elite Eight.

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This guy is amazing. He is about to be a top 5 pick in the NBA.

Congratulations to him. He worked really hard to improve his game over the past 3 years.

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Y'all missed the news about this:

"Rui Hachimura Wins Julius Erving Award - NCAA Top Small Forward"

This guy is amazing. He is about to be a top 5 pick in the NBA.

First Round, but from most mock drafts, Top 5 seems unlikely

Maybe if he returns to Gonzaga --thus avoiding the Zion and other one-and-done freshmen extravaganza in this year's NBA draft-- and gets even better and go to next year's draft instead

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