Former Hopkins High star Zeke Nnaji declared for the NBA draft after a strong freshman season at Arizona.

“After much prayer and deliberation with my family, I have decided to make myself available for the 2020 NBA draft,” Nnaji tweeted Tuesday.

Nnaji didn’t arrive in Tucson with the same hype as fellow freshmen Nico Mannion and Josh Green, but he was arguably the best player of the three during the 2019-20 season for the Wildcats.

The 6-11 forward dominated at times, averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 57% from the field. Nnaji was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection.

He is projected to be selected late in the first round or early in the second round of the NBA draft.

Nnaji is the older brother of 6-foot-4 Hopkins star Maya Nnaji, who just finished her sophomore season and is viewed as one of the top high school girls' post players in the nation.


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