Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin announced his intentions to enter the 2014 NBA Draft on Tuesday through a Google + video. The 7-foot-1 center could have declared for the NBA draft a season ago, but decided to return for a sophomore season, which ended in the Sweet 16 at the hands of Wisconsin.
Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game this past season for the Bears. Those numbers were down from his averages of 13.0 points and 8.3 boards per game in 2012-2013. Austin has seen his draft stock dip from the previous year.
Following his freshman year, Austin underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. That caused a slow start to his sophomore campaign. His production picked up in the postseason, scoring 14.0 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game in the Big 12 Conference and NCAA tournaments.
Austin is projected as an early second round pick in DraftExpress.com’s latest mock draft. A pair of international centers — Artem Klimenko and Walter Tavares — are slotted ahead of him in the second round. Michigan sophomore big man Mitch McGary is currently projected as the last pick of the first round, though, he has yet to declare.