Potential first-round pick Jake LaRavia to remain in NBA draft

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Wake Forest junior Jake LaRavia announced that he will remain in the 2022 NBA draft and forgo his remaining eligibility after three seasons in college.

LaRavia, who was named to the All-ACC second team, averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals and one blocked shot on 38.4% shooting from 3-point range last season. His 55 total steals were tied for 15th-most in program history for a single season.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced in March that he would declare for the draft while maintaining his collegiate eligibility. He was said to have had a strong pre-draft process and is now considered to be a potential first-round pick this year.

LaRavia was among the standouts at the draft combine last month. He registered a 6-foot-9 wingspan and led all prospects in the 3-point star drill, hitting 68% (17-of-25) of his shots. He also finished second in the shuttle run (2.89 seconds) and third in lane agility (10.58 seconds).

He was set to participate in the scrimmages at the combine but eventually opted against playing. The decision to pull out of the scrimmages fueled speculation that he could have received a promise as it likely solidified his decision to stay in the draft.

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

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