UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has played his final game in a Bruins uniform. After the Bruins lost to No. 2 seed Kentucky 86-75 in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, Ball announced that he is headed to the professional ranks.

“That was my final game for UCLA,” he said. “I appreciate the fans.”

Ball is widely considered among the top five prospects in the upcoming draft. The freshman phenom led the country in assists with 7.6 per game and averaged 14.7 points in leading the Bruins to a 31-5 record -- just one season removed from a 15-17 record under Steve Alford.

Ball’s father, LaVar, has openly campaigned for the Los Angeles Lakers to take his son -- a development that would likely earn Ball a selection among the top 3 picks in the NBA Draft.

In his final game in a Bruins uniform, Ball finished with 10 points, eight assists and three rebounds.