LSU's Naz Reid to pursue NBA dream

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One of LSU Basketball's breakout stars of their 2018-19 breakthrough season will try his hand in the pros. Freshman forward Naz Reid announced on his Instagram account Wednesday afternoon his decision to declare for the NBA Draft.

Reid earned All-SEC Freshman honors and was also named to's All-American Freshmen team. He was LSU's second-leading scorer for the season with 13.6 points per game.

The 6'10" New Jersey native also grabbed 7.2 rebounds per game and was a major catalyst that spurred the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 years.

First I want to thank God As I write this most humble post, I want to secondly express how truly incredible this past season has been for me. LSU has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Uprooting my life and moving from New Jersey to Louisiana posed its own challenges, but the family waiting for me on the court made the transition as wonderful as it could possibly be. Attending LSU and playing as a Tiger this year has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I want to say thank you to every single person who helped me along the way; I wouldn’t be here without your love and support. It is with this that I announce I will be leaving LSU to pursue my dream of being a professional basketball player. I will be entering the NBA Draft with an agent in hopes of finally fulfilling a dream I believe is my destiny. I cannot imagine doing anything else and, again, would not be in this position without all of you and everyone who has ever believed in and supported me. Thank you to my LSU family for welcoming me with open arms. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger. Sincerely Yours, Naz Reid

A post shared by Naz Reid (@hollywood.naz) on Apr 3, 2019 at 3:05pm PDT