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Baylor PF Johnathan Motley declares for NBA draft but keeps open option to return to school

Baylor power forward Johnathan Motley has declared for the NBA draft, the program announced in a statement Monday.

Motley, a junior, will not hire an agent to keep open his option to withdraw from the draft and return to Baylor for his senior season.

"Johnathan had a tremendous junior season, and he became one of the all-time Baylor greats," Bears coach Scott Drew said in the statement. "Entering his name into the draft without hiring an agent gives him a chance to get feedback from NBA teams and make an informed decision for his future. We want what's best for him and his family, and Baylor Nation will fully support him along the way."

Motley led Baylor in scoring this season with 17.3 points per game and led the Big 12 in rebounding 9.9 per contest. He was a unanimous All-Big 12 selection and was named to the AP All-America second team. On Friday, he was named the Karl Malone Award winner as the best power forward in the country.

Motley is currently projected as a late first-rounder or early second-round selection. He had surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus he suffered in Baylor's Sweet Sixteen loss to South Carolina. He is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks as he recovers.

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