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UCLA’s Ike Anigbogu Declares for the NBA Draft

Anigbogu is the third Bruin freshman to declare for this year’s NBA Draft.

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Ike Anigbogu has declared for the NBA Draft in a message on Twitter. Anigbogu indicates that he will not hire an agent. That means he has until May 24th to remove his name from consideration and return to UCLA for an additional year.

In his tweet, Anigbogu wrote:

In his only season in Westwood, Anigbogu averaged 13.0 minutes per game while making 56.4% of his shots. He was a below-average free throw shooter, averaging just 53.5% of his shots from the stripe. He averaged 4.7 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game.

It would seem like Ike should return for at least one more season considering that, statistically, the numbers just aren’t there.

If he decides to leave his name in the draft, I would expect that he will end up playing in the NBA D-League next season.

While I don’t begrudge a player the right to chart his own path to his dreams, I’m wondering if he’s getting bad advice or if he’s another guy like Zach LaVine who wasn’t happy playing for Steve Alford.

Either way, we thank Ike for his contributions this season while hoping he takes his name out of the Draft by the deadline. If he stays in, we wish him the best in pursuit of his hoop dreams.

Go Bruins!