BYU forward Eric Mika to remain in NBA draft, hire an agent

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PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU forward Eric Mika has announced he will remain in the NBA draft and hire an agent, ending his college playing career with two years of eligibility left.

The 6-foot-10, 230-pounder averaged team-highs with 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game and was named first-team All-West Coast Conference last season.

Mika progressed faster than expected last season after returning from a two-year Mormon mission in Spain. He averaged 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a freshman in 2013-14.

Mika's departure ends his run with high school teammates Nick Emery and T.J. Haws. The three made up the core of the 2012-13 Lone Peak High School national championship team, then all signed with BYU.

The three finally took the court together for BYU last season.