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Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb Enters NBA Draft After Two Seasons

Jeremy Lamb
Jeremy Lamb of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the hoop for a basket against the DePaul Blue Demons during a game in New York on March 6, 2012. Photographer: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Jeremy Lamb will enter the National Basketball Association draft after two seasons at the University of Connecticut, where he won a national championship as a freshman and led the team in scoring last season.

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for the Huskies during the 2011-12 season. He becomes the 14th Connecticut player during coach Jim Calhoun’s tenure to declare for the NBA draft as an underclassman, with all but one of the previous 13 taken in the first round.

“It’s never easy to lose a great player from your program, but Jeremy has a unique opportunity that he needs to take advantage of,” Calhoun said in a statement released by the school. “I look forward to him developing into a terrific player in the NBA and secondly, as he’s promised me, to come back and finish his degree.”

Lamb, 19, is projected as the sixth pick in the June 28 draft by NBAdraft.net. He’s one of six players in UConn history to score 1,000 points through their sophomore season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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