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Washington's Wroten, Weber State's Lillard declare for NBA draft

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Washington freshman Tony Wroten and Weber State's Damian Lillard, who is a fourth-year junior, announced Tuesday that they will give up their remaining college eligibility and enter the upcoming NBA Draft.

Wroten is leaving after just one season with the Huskies and will join teammate Terrence Ross, a sophomore who recently declared for the draft.

"I have been talking with my friends and family and I just felt like this was the right time," Wroten said in a statement released by the school. "I love the University of Washington, but I just feel that it's best for me to make the jump. Husky fans are the best in the nation and I would not trade my experience here for any other college. It was great that I stayed home and I know the University of Washington will always be by my side."

Wroten, a 6-5 guard, averaged 16.0 points and is projected as a late first-round draft pick, although there is some difference of opinion about his draft status.

There is less doubt about Lillard, a guard expected to be taken midway through the first round. He averaged 24.5 points this past season, second best in the country.

Although he spent four seasons at Weber State, he was eligible to return next season after missing most of last season with a broken foot. In fact, the Wildcats' coaching staff added a game at the end of the 2010-2011 season so Lillard would fall under the maximum percentage of games played to be eligible for a medical redshirt season.

"I'd like to thank my teammates who have supported me from day one," Lillard said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "I'm glad I spent my last four years here. After the season, I took time to think about everything...after talking with coach (Randy) Rahe and my family, I decided to declare myself eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft."
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