NBA Draft 2012: UConn Star Jeremy Lamb Opts to Turn Pro

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Jeremy Lamb #3 of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the hoop for a basketagainst Jeremiah Kelly #11 of the DePaul Blue Demons during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Surprise, surprise—Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb has reportedly declared for the 2012 NBA draft.

Phil Chardis, assistant director of athletic communications at UConn, tweeted on Tuesday:

#UConn: Soph Jeremy Lamb makes it official... heading for the NBA Draft

— Phil Chardis (@uconnmbbsid) April 10, 2012

 

Lamb, who averaged 17.7 points in his sophomore season at Connecticut, has a chance to be a lottery pick in this year's draft. He's one of the top shooters in the class who virtually glides across the floor and uses his length to be disruptive on defense. At 6'5", he has a ridiculous seven-foot wingspan.

Lamb will become the 14th UConn player to leave early for the draft. With products like Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton, every one of them has been selected in the first round, except Khalid El-Amin, who was drafted at No. 34 overall.

Lamb fits a need for several teams early in the draft, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns. He's likely to at least be a top-20 pick and is largely considered the second-best shooting guard in the draft, behind Florida's Bradley Beal.

At 180 pounds, Lamb has to add strength for the NBA game, but his skills are there, and he works great off screens and without the ball. He has the potential to be a future star with his shooting ability and defense.

Lamb scored 19 points in Connecticut's loss to underdog Iowa State in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament this year. He was part of UConn's championship team in 2011, scoring in double digits in every one of its NCAA tournament games that year.

Lamb's decision was largely expected given his draft stock, and there will be plenty of teams eying the 19-year-old come draft day.

 

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