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Louisville's Jaylen Johnson will keep his name in the NBA Draft, hoping to land with a team for foregoing his final season of eligibility

Louisville's Jaylen Johnson will keep his name in the NBA Draft, hoping to land with a team for foregoing his final season of eligibility

Jaylen Johnson will forego his final year of eligibility at the University of Louisville and seek a professional career.

In March, Johnson announced he was testing the waters for the NBA Draft following his junior season. On Monday, U of L announced that Johnson will keep his name in the draft and not return to school.

“After a lengthy conversation with Coach P I have decided to hire an agent and forego my senior year,” Johnson said in a release. "I will miss my teammates and coaches, but it is really important that I help out my mom and family. I'm going to work incredibly hard to give it my best shot.

"I'll be rooting for the Ville next year."

The 6-foot-9 Johnson started 26 games as a junior and averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. He was one of just three U of L players to participate in all 34 games for the Cardinals during a 25-9 season.

Johnson ranked 20th in the ACC in rebounding last season. He had three career double-doubles and scored in double figures 14 times last season. Johnson is originally from Ypislanti, Mich.

“Jaylen and I had a long conversation," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He feels strongly about trying to make the league and help his family, as they have always been there for him.  Jaylen has been a valuable asset to our program and has given me his heart and soul for the last three years.  We wish him great success and we will be following his progress closely."


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