Texas star Kai Jones declares for 2021 NBA draft

NBA mock draft: Kai Jones
Mar 11, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Kai Jones (22) shoots against Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Marcus Santos-Silva (14) during the first half at T-Mobile Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Texas sophomore big man Kai Jones announced Wednesday that he is entering the 2021 NBA Draft.

Jones said he plans to sign with an agent and “will be relinquishing my collegiate eligibility.”

The 6-foot-11 Jones averaged 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 26 games (four starts) this season.

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“It was truly an honor to represent the Texas Longhorns for the past two seasons and suit up with my brothers night in and night out,” Jones said in his announcement on Twitter. “I want to thank Coach (Shaka) Smart, the staff and my teammates for pushing me and helping me grow on and off the court. I feel like I’ve improved as a player, a teammate and a person as a Longhorn. My time here has set me up to be successful as I take the next steps in my career.

“Since I can remember, having the chance to play in the National Basketball Association has been my dream. Growing up in the Bahamas, not many of my peers have had the opportunity that I have in front of me now, the ability to achieve those dreams.”

Jones is forecasted to be the No. 10 overall selection in the updated mock draft on nbadraft.net.

As a freshman at Texas, Jones averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 27 games (10 starts).

–Field Level Media