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
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.