Michigan State G Jaden Akins declares for NBA draft
Michigan State sophomore guard Jaden Akins announced Friday that he is entering the NBA draft.
Akins said he will retain his eligibility. He has until May 31 to withdraw his name if he decides to resume his college career.
Akins averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 30 games this season (25 starts).
"Over my two years at Michigan State it has been an incredible journey," Akins wrote on Instagram. "I've grown both on and off the court. I've developed my skills, while also learning how to overcome adversity. Wearing the Green and White has been a dream come true. There is so much more I would love to accomplish. Next season could be special for Spartan Basketball and that motivates me to get better each and every day. ...
"My goals also extend beyond Michigan State. It has always been a dream of mine to compete at the highest level."
Akins made 49 3-pointers last season and has 68 in 66 career games (26 starts) for the Spartans.
"Jaden Akins has grown immensely in two short years, and has worked hard to put himself in this position," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "It's no secret that he has dreams of playing in the NBA, and so in our discussions after the end of the season, we've discussed him entering his name in the draft. I've been gathering information for him already, and we will continue to support him however possible.
"If after the process, he's in a position to be drafted in a spot that's best for him, we will celebrate his accomplishment. And if he decides that returning is best for his long-term career, we will immediately get to work for next season."
--Field Level Media
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