March 27, 2019 / 11:17 PM / 6 months ago

Notebook: Three players declare for NBA Draft

UCLA sophomore wing Kris Wilkes is headed to the NBA draft and will hire an agent, he announced on social media Wednesday.

Mar 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, United States; UCLA Bruins guard Kris Wilkes (13) reacts to a call on the floor during the second half of a Pac-12 conference tournament game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at T-Mobile Arena. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Wilkes averaged a team-high 17.4 points per game this season for the Bruins, who finished 17-16 in a season that saw them fire coach Steve Alford in late December.

“Ever since I was little, my dream has been to play in the NBA,” Wilkes wrote on Instagram. “To everyone at UCLA, especially to my teammates and coaches, I’m incredibly grateful for all your love and support these past two years. I can’t wait to see what the future holes for me, and I will forever be a Bruin!”

Wilkes (6-8, 215) averaged 4.8 rebounds and shot 33.7 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore.

In 66 career games (65 starts), he averaged 15.5 points and 4.8 rebounds at UCLA.

Wilkes participated in the 2018 NBA Combine but pulled his name out of draft consideration.

—San Diego State sophomore forward Jalen McDaniels is bypassing his final two collegiate seasons after averaging 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds this season while earning second-team All-Mountain West honors.

“We appreciate the positive contributions Jalen made to our program and to the university,” San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher said in a statement. “Jalen now has the opportunity to pursue his life-long goal of playing in the National Basketball Association. We wish him and his family well.”

McDaniels flirted with entering the draft after averaging 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a redshirt freshman. But on the day of the deadline, he decided to return to school.

He said he will hire an agent.

McDaniels also had an off-court issue to deal as he has been sued by two women who accused him of filming sex acts in 2016 while he was in high school in the Seattle area. Earlier this month, McDaniels called the lawsuits “a very serious situation.”

—BYU power forward Yoeli Childs will skip his senior season to pursue a pro career after he averaged 21.2 points and 9.6 rebounds last season. He shot 50.8 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from 3-point range (32 of 99).

Childs (6-8, 225) said he will hire an agent, precluding him from returning to play for BYU.

He averaged 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 100 career games (92 starts) at BYU, shooting 52.8 percent from the field.

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