Australian star Josh Giddey declares for 2021 NBA draft

May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; The podium with logos is seen prior to the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Highly regarded Australian guard Josh Giddey announced Tuesday that he is entering the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 playmaker is considered a possible lottery selection. He is currently projected to be tabbed 13th overall in the mock draft by nbadraft.net.

The 18-year-old Giddey is averaging 11.1 points, 7.4 assists and 7.1 rebounds in 23 games for the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball league in Australia.

“The league welcomed me with open arms and I know I’ll end my time here as a better person and player,” Giddey said in his announcement on Twitter. “… I feel like I’m ready to look toward the next step in my career. My lifelong dream has been to play in the best professional league in the world and, after speaking with those around me, I believe I’m ready to take that leap.”

Giddey recorded a triple-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Adelaide’s most recent game.

–Field Level Media