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Georgia Basketball: Yante Maten to enter NBA Draft, but won’t hire agent

The Bulldogs, already losing senior J.J. Frazier to graduation, may also be needing a replacement for junior forward Yante Maten.

Georgia forward Yante Maten plans to enter the upcoming NBA Draft, the junior announced on Thursday. Leaving his options open, however, he does not intend to hire an agent.

“I have always had the dream of playing in the NBA,” Maten said in a release from the school. “This is a chance for me to safely see where they project me.”

The 6’8″, 240-pound standout was named to the All-SEC team, averaging 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this past season. He suffered a sprained knee late in the season.

Maten will have until 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine (May 24) to come to a final decision on entering the 2017 draft, or returning to play his final season at Georgia. Had he hired an agent, his draft decision would have become final.

“Like all players, Yante now has the opportunity to get information from the NBA and get an accurate read on their assessment of him at this time,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “Once he receives that information, Yante will be able to decide which avenue is in his best interest.”

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Blake Silvers is an editor at the Rome News-Tribune, and a contributor at Fansided. His work frequently appears on FoxSports.com, and he has also written for Bleacher Report in the past.