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LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III leaving to pursue the NBA

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Johnny O'Bryant III has always been considered a pro prospect due to his strength. (USATSI)

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LSU junior Johnny O'Bryant III announced at a Tuesday press conference that he would leave school to pursue the NBA.

O'Bryant is projected as a mid-40s pick -- the second round -- in CBSSports.com's mock drafts.

O'Bryant averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. His points were up but rebounding average down from his sophomore season. LSU went 20-14 this season, falling in the NIT quarterfinals to SMU.

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