Arizona freshman Lauri Markkanen declares for NBA Draft

The 7-foot Finland native played in every game for the Wildcats this season, averaging 30.8 minutes, 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Lauri Markkanen is the latest freshman to take his skills to the pros.

The 7-foot Arizona forward has opted toforego his sophomore season and declare for the NBA Draft, the university announced Thursday.

Markkanen followed the announcement with a statement posted on Twitter thanking his many supporters.

Markkanen made the most of his lone season at Arizona, playingin every game for the Wildcats while averaging 30.8 minutes, 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Finland native also sunk an impressive 42.3 percent of his three-point attempts, despite his enormous size.

Markkanen, who turns 20 in May,is projected to be a top-10 pick.

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