Georgia junior forward Maten submits name in NBA draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia forward Yante Maten says he is submitting his name for the NBA draft while protecting his option to return for his senior season.

Maten announced Thursday he will not hire an agent while testing his standing in the draft. Maten has until May 24 to make a final decision on whether to remain in the draft or return to Georgia.

The 6-foot-8 Maten and guard J.J. Frazier were Georgia's top players. Maten averaged 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, ranking among the Southeastern Conference leaders. He missed time late in the season with a sprained knee. He was a second-team AP All-SEC team selection.

Maten says in a statement released by Georgia that it's a chance to safely see where he'll land in the draft.

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