UNLV forward Christian Wood said Wednesday he is declaring for the NBA draft.
Wood, a 6'11" sophomore, averaged 15.7 points and 10 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game this season. Those numbers marked dramatic increases from his freshman season, when he averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13 minutes.
A former four-star recruit, Wood was ranked the No. 40 high school prospect in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com.
In a video published Wednesday, Wood discussed his decision to leave UNLV early, as well as his early basketball career growing up in Long Beach, Calif.
In the frontcourt next season, UNLV will add former Oregon transfer Ben Carter after sitting out a year, as well as return sophomores Dwayne Morgan and Goodluck Okonoboh. The Rebels also landed a commitment from five-star center Steven Zimmerman last week.
In a mock draft posted last week, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix projected Wood to the Boston Celtics with the 28th pick in the June NBA draft.
- Mike Fiammetta