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ISU sophomore Haliburton declares for NBA draft
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ISU sophomore Haliburton declares for NBA draft

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AMES — After a successful, albeit injury shortened 2019-20 season, Iowa State star point guard Tyrese Haliburton declared for the NBA Draft, Iowa State announced Tuesday.

Haliburton is ranked as the seventh best prospect by ESPN and the second best point guard prospect. He falls between No. 5 and No. 11 overall on most NBA mock drafts.

Haliburton led Iowa State in scoring with 15.4 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range. He also led the Cyclones in assists (6.5), rebounds (5.9) and steals (2.5).

The only major statistical category Haliburton didn’t lead Iowa State in was blocked shots where he averaged .7 blocks per game, which was third best among fellow Cyclones.

“Coming to Iowa State was the best decision I’ve made in my whole life,” Haliubrton said in a statement released by Iowa State. “There is no doubt in my mind you are the best fans in the country, and I can’t thank you all enough for the last two years.”

Haliburton went from an under-recruited 3-star prospect out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin to a star in the Big 12.

“We are all incredibly proud of Tyrese and all that he accomplished at Iowa State,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said in the statement. “He loves Iowa State and will always be a significant part of our Cyclone family.

“When Tyrese suffered his injury in February, he poured his energy into supporting his teammates and that speaks volumes about him as a person. I wish all of them the very best and know that Tyrese will be very successful.”

Assuming Haliburton gets drafted in the first round, he’ll become Iowa State’s first, first-round pick since Royce White went 16th overall in the 2012 draft, and has a chance to be the first Cyclone since Marcus Fizer in 2000, who went fourth overall, to be a lottery pick (top 14).

With Haliuburton’s announcement, Prohm and his staff have now had four departures from last season’s team. Junior Terrence Lewis, sophomore Zion Griffin and freshman Caleb Grill all announced they’re transferring.

Prohm has a top-25 recruiting class coming in, headlined by Oskaloosa native Xavier Foster. Javan Johnson, transfer from Troy will also be eligible next season but Prohm has open scholarships available to get a graduate transfer or JUCO transfer.

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