Brazilian 7-footer Lucas Nogueira has decided to enter the June NBA draft, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Nogueira, 20, possesses a 7-6 wingspan and has been an intriguing prospect to NBA executives for several years. He is considered a potential first-round pick.
The center entered his name into the 2011 draft but withdrew before the deadline. The rules don't allow for a player to do that a second time, so Nogueira is committed to this year's draft after declaring.
Nogueira played for Estudiantes in the elite Spanish ACB League this season. His athleticism has been a striking element of his game, and Nogueira's offensive abilities have shown improvement as he's gained strength and polish.
Nogueira made a strong initial impression on pro executives with a spectacular performance at the under-18 FIBA championships in San Antonio in 2011.
DraftExpress.com rates him as the fourth-best international prospect in his age group behind three former lottery picks – Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas, Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo and Utah's Enes Kanter.
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