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Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. heads to the NBA

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. is declaring for the NBA draft and will hire an agent, effectively ending his college career.

Selden announced his decision on Tuesday, three days after the Jayhawks’ season ended with a disappointing loss to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament.

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“The last three years have been a true blessing to experience as a Jayhawk, an opportunity I am so thankful for,” Selden said in a press release. “That being said, I’d like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2016 NBA draft. It has always been our plan that my college experience would be three years. I plan to hire representation in the coming weeks.”

Selden averaged 13.8 points as a junior and started 37 of 38 games.

Kansas coach Bill Self praised Selden for his contributions.

“We are all so happy and proud of Wayne for not only how he’s played but for how he’s represented our school over the last three years,” Self said in a statement. “After his freshman year and seeing Andrew [Wiggins] and Joel [Embiid] declare after one year, Wayne, his family and our staff spoke that it would probably be after his junior year that the time would be right for him to declare and it has played out to be that way.”

Selden is the second Jayhawks player to apply for the draft. Freshman forward Cheick Diallo also announced his plans but hasn’t hired an agent and could opt out of the draft by the May 25 deadline.

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