UNLV forward Christian Wood declares for NBA Draft

Christian Wood will not be at UNLV next season. (USATSI)
Christian Wood will not be at UNLV next season. (USATSI)

UNLV forward Christian Wood has decided to declare for the NBA Draft, contrary to earlier reports on Wednesday afternoon that he would return to UNLV for his junior season.

He released a video on Wednesday night to announce his decision and thank the school and city of Las Vegas for their support. 

"I just want to thank Vegas for the four years they gave me out here, especially with them supporting me going through all of the stuff I went through," Wood said in the video. "You know, them having my back through thick and thin. With that being said, I'm going to turn my name into the 2015 NBA Draft because I think it's best for me and my family. It's always been my dream to be in the NBA. Just to make it. Just to say 'man, I'm going to the NBA and I have the opportunity to be great.'" 

Wood went to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas for two years prior to his two years at UNLV, and is currently the No. 26 player on my NBA Draft board. He figures to be a first-round pick when the draft shakes out in June after averaging 15.7 points and 10 rebounds this season to go with 2.7 blocks.

He's considered a high-upside player, at 6-foot-11, 220 pounds with a long, slender, athletic frame. One only has to watch highlights of him demolishing Brandon Ashley in the Rebels' upset of Arizona in December to get excited about his potential, when Wood dropped 24 points and 10 rebounds on the Wildcats' defense. He's a power forward that is best as a slasher, but also has potential as a shooter and floor spacer, given that he took 88 3s this season. Plus, he'll still only be 19 on draft day, as he's fairly young for his age group. 

There's a lot to like about Wood, and it'll be interesting to see where he goes in June. 

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