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Baylor center Isaiah Austin declares for NBA Draft

Baylor center Isaiah Austin led the Big 12 conference in blocked shots last season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Baylor center Isaiah Austin led the Big 12 Conference in blocked shots last season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft, the school announced Tuesday.

Austin, a 7-foot-1, 225-pounder, averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 2013-14, down from the 13 points and eight rebounds he put up as a freshman.

“Our coaching staff really enjoyed working with Isaiah for his two years at Baylor University, and we want to thank him for his tremendous contributions to Baylor basketball,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “His versatility and defensive prowess helped us win an NIT Championship and make a Sweet 16 appearance. He’s a tremendous player and a great role model in the community, and we look forward to watching him as he takes the next step to the NBA.”

Austin helped the Bears to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament this past season.

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