Connecticut’s had 13 players leave early for the NBA during Jim Calhoun’s coaching tenure. Sophomore Jeremy Lamb will be the 14th.
The lanky wing announced his decision Tuesday, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise. He could’ve come out last season after the Huskies’ run to the national title and been a first-round pick. Lamb might be a lottery selection this season.
“It was a difficult decision, but after much prayer and discussion with my parents, I feel that it’s in the best interest of me and my family to declare myself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball,” Lamb said in a statement.
The 6-5 sophomore is currently projected as the 12th overall pick by DraftExpress, and ESPN.com’s Chad Ford has Lamb at the #12 spot on his NBA draft big board. Lamb’s shooting stroke, smooth game, and insane 7-foot wingspan are what will make him a likely lottery pick on draft night.