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Baylor’s Austin enters NBA Draft

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Add Baylor center Isaiah Austin to the list of underclassmen declaring his intention to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Austin announced his plans on Tuesday in a Google video.

Shoulder surgery for a torn labrum kept the 7-foot-1 center from leaving Baylor last year as a freshman because he was unable to work out for NBA teams.

During his recently completed sophomore season that ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game. Those numbers were down from 13.0 points and 8.3 rebounds as a freshman.

“Our coaching staff really enjoyed working with Isaiah for his two years at Baylor University, and we want to thank him for his tremendous contributions to Baylor basketball,” coach Scott Drew said. “His versatility and defensive prowess helped us win an NIT championship and make a Sweet 16 appearance. He’s a tremendous player and a great role model in the community, and we look forward to watching him as he takes the next step to the NBA.”

Draft projections slot Austin as a late first-round or early second-round selection in June.

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