Marquette sophomore Justin Lewis announces NBA draft decision

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Marquette sophomore Justin Lewis on Wednesday announced that he will remain in the 2022 NBA draft and forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility after two years with the Golden Eagles.

The news was first reported by Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated.

Lewis, who was named the Big East Most Improved Player, averaged 16.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 32 games. His 18.2 points per game during conference play was third among all players while he was first in field goals (128).

The 6-foot-7 forward emerged as one of the standouts from the draft combine last month in Chicago, Illinois. He posted the fourth-highest standing vertical leap (32.5 inches) and the sixth-fastest shuttle run (3.02 seconds). He also measured in with a 7-foot-2.5 wingspan.

Lewis is currently projected to be an early second-round pick after a strong pre-draft process. He will have the opportunity to continue to improve his stock by participating in private workouts and interviews with teams ahead of the draft on June 23.

Underclassmen have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday to withdraw from the draft and return to school.

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