LSU’s Days continues exodus from basketball program, opts to enter NBA Draft

Another LSU basketball player has made his exit from the program.

   Starting forward Darius Days announced Wednesday that he plans to enter this year’s NBA Draft and retain an agent.

   “I want to thank God, who is the head of my life,” Days posted on Instagram.

   “Secondly I want to thank my family for helping me on this journey. I also want to thank the coaching staff that helped me develop into the person that I am today.

   “Lastly, thanks to Baton Rouge for all of the love, support and life long relationships. You welcomed a small town country kid from Raleigh, Fla., into Tiger Nation!” Days added. “However, with that being said, I will be entering the 2022 NBA Draft and hiring an agent.”

   Days, who averaged a career-high averaged 7.7 rebounds and a career-high 13.7 points per game this season, could have returned to LSU with the extra year of eligibility granted to student-athletes because of COVID-19.

   However, the senior who started for three seasons joins what has becomes of exodus of teammates since coach Will Wade was fired amid allegations of NCAA recruiting-related rules violations and Murray State coach Matt McMahon was hired to replace him.

   Forward Tari Eason also has declared for the NBA Draft.

   Starting point guard Xavier Pinson and starting shooting guard Brandon Murray have announced their entry into the NCAA transfer portal, as have reserve forward Shareef O’Neal (who transferred to LSU from UCLA), guard Adam Miller (who was injured and out all season) and freshmen Jerrell Colbert, Justice Williams and Bradley Ezewiro.

   Williams was the only one of the three freshmen to play in more than seven games this season, appearing in 20 with one start while averaging 1.7 ppg.

   McMahon has responded to the many losses by adding former Murray State guard Justice Hill and former Northwestern State center Kendal Coleman from the portal in recent days.

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