UNLV freshman Brandon McCoy declares for NBA Draft

Brandon McCoy (Getty Photographs)

After one season at UNLV, freshman Brandon McCoy has determined to go away for the NBA.

McCoy, a McDonald’s All-American in 2017, introduced Tuesday on social media that he has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

“That is in all probability one of many hardest selections I’ve ever made,” McCoy stated within the publish. “My expertise at UNLV has been superb. I really like Las Vegas, the college, Coach Menzies, my teammates and all the Runnin’ Insurgent program. I’ll all the time be a Insurgent however when weighing all of the elements, with the help of my household I’ve determined it’s in my greatest curiosity to forgo my collegiate eligibility and pursue my lifelong dream of enjoying within the NBA.

“I plan to earn my diploma and can proceed to work with coach so that’s achieved within the close to future. There have been so many nice reminiscences created right here. I need to thank your complete Insurgent Household all and can be their largest fan shifting ahead. I’ll carry the Vegas Robust mentality with me for the remainder of my life.”

McCoy, a 7-foot energy ahead, was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Yr after averaging sixteen.9 factors, 10.three rebounds and 1.7 blocks per recreation. He additionally had a Mountain West-excessive 18 double-doubles.

“Brandon was a tremendous addition to our program and helped to legitimize our potential to recruit prime-tier expertise,” UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies stated in a press release launched by the varsity. “His dedication to his teachers is actual and I’m assured he’ll proceed to work towards his bachelor’s diploma from UNLV. Although his time right here was brief, it was nice having him as part of this system.

“I’m assured he could have a profitable profession on the subsequent degree based mostly on his dedication, dedication, potential and general character.”