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UNC Forward Announces His NBA Draft Decision

Jason Huber
April 01, 2019 - 3:20 pm

North Carolina freshman forward Nassir Little has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Little posted a message on Twitter with the announcement thanking UNC for helping him complete his goal of playing college basketball.

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Little is currently ranked as the No. 16 NBA Draft prospect by ESPN.com. 

The decision comes to no surprise with Little being ranked as the No. 6 prospect coming out of high school and is projected to be a Top 20 draft pick.

However, Little didn't fully meet expectations in Chapel Hill, averaging just 9.8 points per game, five rebounds and 0.7 assists in 36 games off the bench.

Little's 18 minutes per game are the lowest played of any college player expected to be drafted.

The down season caused Little to fall on some draft boards, but Little showed flashes of potential that included performances against Iona and Washington in the NCAA Tournament, where he scored 19 and 20 points, respectively.

"I think when the game speeds up at the next level, my length, athleticism, and versatility on both ends will impress," Little said.

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