LSU freshman forward Naz Reid has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, he announced on Wednesday on his Instagram page. The Asbury Park, N.J. native started 32 of 34 games he played in, earning All-SEC Freshman honors as the Tigers went 28-7 and won the Southeastern Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 round.
"First I want to thank God As I write this most humble post, I want to secondly express how truly incredible this past season has been for me," Reid wrote in the post. "LSU has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Uprooting my life and moving from New Jersey to Louisiana posed its own challenges, but the family waiting for me on the court made the transition as wonderful as it could possibly be.
"Attending LSU and playing as a Tiger this year has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I want to say thank you to every single person who helped me along the way; I wouldn’t be here without your love and support. It is with this that I announce I will be leaving LSU to pursue my dream of being a professional basketball player. AI will be entering the NBA Draft with an agent in hopes of finally fulfilling a dream I believe is my destiny.
"I cannot imagine doing anything else and, again, would not be in this position without all of you and everyone who has ever believed in and supported me. Thank you to my LSU family for welcoming me with open arms. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger. Sincerely Yours, Naz Reid."
After LSU's loss to Michigan State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Friday, Reid told reporters in Washington, D.C. that he hadn't made a decision, but would have one soon. It was assumed that the former top player out of New Jersey would declare for the NBA after this season.