Report: Washington freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray declaring for NBA draft, hiring agents

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A new rule allows players to declare for the NBA draft and withdraw within 10 days of the combine.

Washington’s Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray aren’t taking advantage of it.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

By hiring agents, the Chriss and Murray will lose their college eligibility.

Chriss is a probable lottery pick. The 6-foot-9 freshman forward has an impressive combination of athleticism and skill. He can finish above the rim, shoot college 3s and protect the rim. He’s a little raw and his rebounding was surprisingly poor, but anyone who can jump as high and shoot as well as him will attract major NBA attention. Plus, he won’t turn 19 until the week after the draft. Imagine where he’ll be in a year.

Another freshman, Murray is a borderline first-round pick. He’s 6-foot-5 and athletic – intriguing traits for a point guard. NBA teams will have to weight his ability to make plays others can’t against his poor outside shooting and too-frequent sloppiness with the ball. It shouldn’t take too long into the draft for someone to bet on his size, athleticism and aggressiveness.