Central Florida freshman small forward Taylor Hendricks has announced his intention to forego his final years of college eligibility and declare for the 2023 NBA Draft.
Hendricks is a projected lottery pick and is listed as going 15th to the Hawks in the first edition of the Hoops Wire mock draft.
“I want to thank my mom and brothers Tyler and Jamal,” Hendricks said, via Jonathan Givony of ESPN. “Also, UCF and Coach Johnny Dawkins for pushing me to develop my game and help get me where I am now. Also, I want to thank the lord for ordering my steps through this whole journey.”
Hendricks has signed with Raymond Brothers and Roc Nation as his agent, per Givony.
A member of the All-AAC second team, Hendricks is viewed by NBA scouts as a wing with major upside. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in his lone season at UCG, shooting 39 percent on 3-pointers.
“It doesn’t matter where I’m drafted,” Hendricks said, via Givony. “I’ll be there for a reason. I will make the best of any situation.”
The NBA Combine is scheduled for May 15-21 in Chicago, with the draft set for June 22 in Brooklyn.
NEWS: UCF freshman Taylor Hendricks, a projected lottery pick, will forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2023 NBA draft, he told ESPN. Hendricks says he has signed with attorney Raymond Brothers, president of Roc Nation basketball.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 22, 2023
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