Lagerald Vick Declares for 2018 NBA Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2018

Kansas' Lagerald Vick celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half of a regional final game against Duke in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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University of Kansas junior guard Lagerald Vick announced on Friday he's decided to declare for the 2018 NBA draft without hiring an agent. 

The decision to test the draft waters without representation means Vick has until May 30 to back out of the draft class and return to the Jayhawks for his senior season. Kansas Basketball provided his full statement:

The 6'5", 195-pounder enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 campaign, averaging 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 39 appearances, 35 of which were starts. He shot 48.8 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from three-point range.

Kansas head coach Bill Self said he encouraged the guard to explore his potential options at the next level, per Matt Galloway of the Topeka Capital-Journal.

"I believe the time is right for him to move on, explore his options as a professional and see what develops," Self said.

In January 2017, Laura Bauer and Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star reported an investigation by the school determined Vick "likely hit a female student multiple times in late 2015." While it recommended two years of probation, it's unclear whether the punishment was enforced.

Vick wasn't charged with a crime.

He projects as a potential second-round pick if he stays in the 2018 class. He could improve that stock with a strong showing during the draft process.

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