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Baylor's Isaiah Austin declares for NBA draft

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Isaiah Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks this past season. (USATSI)
Isaiah Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks this past season. (USATSI)

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Isaiah Austin entered college as one of the elite players in the class of 2012, and many thought he would be a one-and-done prospect. However, after a shoulder injury prevented him from working out for NBA teams last year, Austin returned to Waco.

Now, the Baylor sophomore is ready to move ahead with his plans.

Austin declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday.

“Our coaching staff really enjoyed working with Isaiah for his two years at Baylor University, and we want to thank him for his tremendous contributions to Baylor basketball,” coach Scott Drew said in a statement. “His versatility and defensive prowess helped us win an NIT Championship and make a Sweet 16 appearance. He's a tremendous player and a great role model in the community, and we look forward to watching him as he takes the next step to the NBA.”

Austin, a 7-foot-1 center, averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks this past season. As a freshman, Austin put up 13.0 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Given his size and skillset, Austin has a high ceiling and could be an impact player at the next level if he adds some strength and uses his inside-outside ability more consistently.

The latest mock draft by CBSSports.com NBA writer Matt Moore project him to be selected with the first pick of the the second round.

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