Louisville's Nwora enters NBA draft after All-America season

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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) blocks the shot of Wake Forest forward Ody Oguama (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky. Nwora was selected to the Associated Press All-ACC team selected Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) blocks the shot of Wake Forest forward Ody Oguama (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky. Nwora was selected to the Associated Press All-ACC team selected Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has announced on social media that he will enter the NBA draft.

Nwora was selected to The Associated Press All-America third team as a junior. His decision to turn pro was expected after limited participation in last year’s NBA combine because of a knee injury. He returned to the Cardinals and was named Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year before going on to average 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44% from the field. The 6-foot-7 Nwora was named to the AP’s All-ACC first team.

The Buffalo, New York, native said on his verified Twitter account that the abrupt end to the season was “heartbreaking and awful” because he believed No. 14 Louisville (24-7) was ready to win the NCAA championship. But he noted that community health and safety should be the priority because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nwora called Cardinal teammates and coaches his family in his post and added, “I will proudly represent Louisville wherever I go.”

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