ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WJBK) - The University of Michigan announced freshman Ignas Brazdeikis, sophomore Jordan Poole & senior Charles Matthews will declare for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft and all three will hire an agent.
"Charles, Jordan and Iggy have all decided to take the next steps in pursuing their dreams of playing in the NBA," said Michigan Head Coach John Beilein in press release. "The new process is a unique experience and one that my staff and I will assist in every way we can. We want each of them to utilize this opportunity to get more feedback so they can make the best decision possible for themselves and their families. All three are remarkable young men with amazing futures in front on them."
Due to new NCAA rules, you are allowed to hire an agent to help with feedback and still return to school if you follow certain guidelines.
Brazdeikis, a 6-7, 215-pound freshman from Oakville, Ontario, led Michigan in scoring with almost 15 points per game. He burst onto the scene early with 18 points against Villanova - the team the Wolverines lost to in last season's national championship game - and a season-high 24 against North Carolina as the Wolverines got out to a 17-0 start. Brazdeikis had 17 points in their season ending loss to Texas Tech during the NCAA Tournament..
"It was an amazing year for me in Ann Arbor," said Brazdeikis said in press release. "There are many things I still want to accomplish, and pursuing a professional career is just one of them. My family and I want to take full advantage of the opportunities to see where I fit in the NBA Draft. It's an exciting time, and I just cannot wait to get started."
Poole, a 6-5, 195 pound sophomore guard out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin started every game this past season for the Wolverines and averaged 12.8 points per game with a 43.6% shooting percentage and 36.9% from three. He had the game winning three against Houston his freshman year helping lead the Wolverines to the National Championship game.
"The last two years here at Michigan have been amazing and filled with so many memories," said Poole said in press release. "I've not only become a better player but a better individual. Being able to play in the NBA has always been my dream since I was young. I am confident that with my faith in God and hard work that I, and my family, are prepared to look at all options and make the right decision for the next step of my playing career."
Matthews, 6-6, 205 pounds out of Chicago, Illinois still has one year of eligibility remaining. The shooting guard averaged 12.2 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. He put his name into the NBA Draft last season but decided to return.
"Many people have known about my desire to play professionally, and my family and I are blessed to begin that process again," said Matthews in the press release. "After gaining so much valuable information last year, I am looking forward to taking that next step. Everyone at Michigan holds a special place in my heart, especially Coach Beilein and the staff. They have helped make this opportunity for me and my family, and I will always be thankful. The journey has only just begun."
The players have until June 10th at 5pm eastern to withdraw from the NBA Draft.
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