BROOKLYN, NY — It’s been a busy week in terms of players declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, and it’s only Thursday.
There have been some surprises, like Robert Williams announcing that he was returning to school for at least one more season with the Texas A&M Aggies. Then, there were some decisions that were expected, like Markelle Fultz and Tyler Lydon.
The list has been filling up, and you can add another big time name to the list of players.
On Thursday afternoon, freshman guard Jashaun Agosto informed College Court Report that he had officially declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Agosto also took to his Twitter account to announce his decision.
This past season with the Blackbirds, the 5’11” guard out of Seattle, WA was a key factor on both ends of the floor. Agosto averaged 11.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game, helping lead LIU Brooklyn to a second-place finish in the Northeast Conference regular season standings with a 13-5 record.
His 11.2 points per game were good for the third-best mark on the team, while his 3.2 assists per contest were a team-high.
LIU Brooklyn finished the year with a record of 20-12 overall.
Agosto appeared in 31 of 32 games for the Blackbirds this season, starting in each game he appeared in. He scored in double-figures on 18 occasions.
On December 3rd, Agosto scored a season-high 22 points in a 90-79 road loss against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. He also put up a pair of 20-point performances this season.
For his efforts, he was named to the NEC All-Rookie Team.
While it is rare to see freshmen from smaller programs declare for the NBA Draft, the players know when they are ready to make the jump to the next level. A lot went into the decision for Agosto, and after consulting with his coaches and family, the time was right to take the next step.
When asked what went into the decision to declare, Agosto’s answer was short and sweet.
“My coaches and I think I’m ready,” said Agosto. “It’s been my life goal.”
While many not know the name ‘Jashaun Agosto’ right now, you can bet that you will become very familiar with it real soon.
– T. Bennett