UCF frosh Taylor Hendricks to enter NBA draft


UCF freshman Taylor Hendricks is entering the 2023 NBA Draft, he told ESPN on Wednesday.

He is giving up his remaining college eligibility and will be represented by Roc Nation.

“I want to thank my mom and brothers Tyler and Jamal,” Hendricks told 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.”

A 6-foot-9 power forward, he is a projected lottery pick. ESPN has him ranked No. 12 among its draft prospects.

Hendricks averaged 15.1 points and 7.0 rebounds on the season and was a second-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. His scored a season-high 25 points on March 5 against East Carolina.

He started all 34 games and averaged 39.4 percent from the 3-point line. The Orlando Sentinel reported he was the only player in the country to make 60 or more 3-pointers, block at least 55 and add at least 35 dunks.

UCF lost in the second round of NIT play to Oregon, ending his college career.

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 22 in New York.

–Field Level Media

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