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Jaylen Hands announces entrance into 2019 NBA Draft, forgoing college eligibility


UCLA men’s basketball sophomore guard Jaylen Hands will enter his name into the 2019 NBA Draft pool and forgo his final two years of college eligibility. Hands averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 assists per game this past season.

UCLA men’s basketball sophomore guard Jaylen Hands will enter his name into the 2019 NBA Draft pool and forgo his final two years of college eligibility. Hands averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 assists per game this past season.


Another Bruin is headed to the NBA.

UCLA men’s basketball sophomore guard Jaylen Hands announced via his Twitter account Sunday afternoon that he intends to forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

Hands also entered his name into the draft pool after his freshman season, but decided to return to UCLA after not hiring an agent.

The former five-star recruit appeared in 64 games over two seasons with the program, starting in 46 of them. As the team’s full-time starter this past season, Hands averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game – earning him second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Hands – a projected second-round pick – is the second Bruin this offseason to declare for the draft after sophomore guard Kris Wilkes announced his plan to leave last month. UCLA is still awaiting word from sophomore guard Chris Smith and freshman center Moses Brown, both of whom have appeared in mock drafts in the past few months.

The deadline for early entry into the NBA Draft is April 21st.

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Ryan Smith was the 2018-2019 Sports editor. He was previously an assistant Sports editor in 2017-2018 and has covered women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf during his time with the Bruin.


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