AUBURN, AL (WBRC) - Auburn sophomore Chuma Okeke announced Saturday he will submit his name into the 2019 NBA Draft.
“After talking with my family, Coach Pearl and the entire staff at Auburn, I have decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Okeke said in a press release. “I want to thank God, my family, my coaches and teammates, and the entire Auburn Family for their continued support these past two seasons.
“I’m grateful for all that we have accomplished the past two seasons. Together, we’ve won championships and made history at Auburn. War Eagle!”
Okeke was a starting forward for the Tigers’ team which advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history. Though his season ended with an ACL injury in the Sweet 16, Okeke averaged 15 points and seven rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, and Chuma is one of the most versatile players I’ve ever coached and impacts the game on both ends of the court,” head coach Bruce Pearl said in a press release. “I’m so proud of how hard he’s worked and how much fun he is to coach. When he recovers from this injury he will be better than ever.”
During his sophomore season, Okeke scored in double figures 27 times, including 15 of his final 17 games. He also recorded 69 steals, which is third most in a season by an Auburn player.