Michigan State big man Ward headed for the draft

Nick Ward of Michigan State has declared for the NBA Draft.

Michigan State’s Nick Ward has announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft, doing so on his Instagram account.

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First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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The junior center averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1in 20.8 minutes for the Spartans this season, suffering a broken left (shooting) hand late in the season and missing five games.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Ward earned third-team All-Big Ten honors this season.