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Chris Smith enters the NBA draft

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The junior guard had been mulling the decision over, and has now opted for the NBA

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Southern California Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Smith is entering the 2020 NBA Draft.

He announced, through ESPN, that he’s committed to the next step.

“I’m 100% committed to the process and am excited to see what the future holds,” Smith told ESPN.

He’s ranked as the No. 72 prospect according to ESPN’s Top 100 and most recently earned the Pac-12 Most Improved Player honor as well as All-Pac-12 First-Team.

The 6’9 guard led the team in points this past season, averaging 13.1 points per game and also finished second in rebounding. Perhaps one of his best attributes was the fact that he played in all 97 possible games over his three-year career and started 38 of those contests.

At his height, and with his versatile skill set, he should certainly intrigue teams enough to warrant a draft selection. He was dangerous from the 3-point line as well as a solid shooter when he was put on the free-throw line.

Part of the decision-making process for Smith, much like all other potential NBA prospects, included the fact that likely all in-person meetings and workouts will be cancelled leading up to the June 25 NBA draft due to coronavirus. NBA teams would certainly have liked to get Smith in for workouts to gauge his potential by their staffs.

Still, his tape and his play from this past season are enough to warrant what I’m sure will be virtual meetings, like we’ve seen the NFL have to do for their draft.

Then there is also the chance of postponing the NBA draft to allow teams and players to meet and have a physical draft as well. Only time will tell.

Nevertheless, we wish you the best Chris, go out there and represent Bruin Nation!