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Auburn forward Chuma Okeke will remain in the draft despite a season-ending knee injury that is expected to force him to miss at least the early part of the season, as relayed by Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Okeke is a 6-foot-8 sophomore and declared for the draft following the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament run in which his draft stock seemed to climb — at least, before he suffered a torn ACL in the Sweet Sixteen.
Givony added that Okeke will also skip the interview process at the NBA Combine in Chicago at the end of the week. He is a considered a second-round prospect, but considering he won’t may be attending the combine, he may have received information that the first round is on the horizon.
Okeke compiled averages of 12.0 points and 6.8 this past season. That included 20 points and 12 boards in the Sweet 16 win over North Carolina before injuring his knee.