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Arizona freshman Nnaji cites 'uncertainty' in jumping to NBA

Field Level Media
01 Apr 2020, 03:55 GMT+10

Arizona forward Zeke Nnaji confirmed he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year is leaving Arizona, he told ESPN on Tuesday, admitting his expectations for 2020-21 changed with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Certainly my expectations did change with this lack of certainty in the process," Nnaji told ESPN. "However, I always look on the bright side and this could give me the ability to get more work in if the draft is delayed. Whatever the process looks like, I will definitely be ready."

Nnaji said he is home in Minnesota and doing light workouts for now while waiting for more clarity on what the NBA's offseason schedule might look like.

The 6-foot-11 forward started all 32 games for the Wildcats and led the team in scoring (16.1 points), rebounding (8.6) and field goal percentage (57.0). He had 14 double-double games and also was named to the first-team All-Pac-12 squad.

Nnaji is ranked as the No. 34 pro prospect by ESPN. He was one of three freshmen to start for the Wildcats last season, joining guards Nico Mannion and Josh Green. Both Mannion and Green are projected first-round draft picks.

The Wildcats were 21-11 (10-8 Pac-12) on the season.

--Field Level Media

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