Colorado's Tyler Bey Declares for 2020 NBA Draft; Was Named Pac-12 DPOY

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMarch 29, 2020

Colorado guard Tyler Bey celebrates his dunk during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Southern California on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Colorado Buffaloes junior guard Tyler Bey announced that he will forgo his senior campaign to enter the 2020 NBA draft on Sunday:

"Ever since I picked up a basketball, it was a dream to play in the NBA," Bey wrote, in part. "That being said, after talking with my coaches and parents, I've decided that I will be declaring for the 2020 NBA draft."

Bey was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and named to second-team All-Pac-12.

The 22-year-old led the Buffs with 7.0 defensive rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He was the only player in the conference ranked in the top 15 in rebounding, steals and blocks.

Bey's junior campaign improved upon his 2018-19 Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Bey's official announcement comes five days after head coach Tad Boyle relayed Bey and junior guard McKinley Wright IV were entering their names into 2020 draft consideration:

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Bey at No. 30 on his Top 50 Big Board earlier this month:

"Defensive versatility, rebounding instincts (9.1 per game) and efficient finishing (63.7 percent at rim) could earn Bey an NBA role. He even shot 46.3 percent on 41 half-court jumpers and 75.0 percent on free throws, which are encouraging signs for his shooting potential. Bey won't be used to score or create, but he can still build a valuable reputation by contesting shots inside and out, crashing the glass and regularly picking up easy baskets within an offense."

The Buffs finished at 21-11 overall and 10-8 in conference play. The 2019-20 NCAA season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, as the men's and women's NCAA tournaments were officially canceled on March 12.

Colorado has not made the NCAA tournament since losing in the first round in 2016.

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