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Penn State Hoops’ Jalen Pickett Declares For 2023 NBA Draft

It’s official, folks.

Penn State men’s basketball point guard Jalen Pickett officially declared for the 2023 NBA Draft Tuesday night.

“The game of basketball has taken me places and given me experiences I could have never imagined,” Pickett said on Instagram. “I’m grateful for each and every step of my basketball journey that has molded me into the man I am today.”

A Wooden Award All-American, and AP and Sporting News second-team All-American, Pickett’s talents flourished in the Big Ten and throughout the Nittany Lions’ NCAA Tournament run.

“I’m ready to make my next move and that move is pursuing my ultimate goal of becoming a pro and declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft,” Pickett continued.

Pickett was the only Division I men’s college basketball player to finish the season averaging 17.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.6 rebounds per game while averaging 50.8% from the field in the last 30 seasons.

The fifth-year senior and Siena College transfer engineered a 41-point game, seven double-doubles, and one triple-double throughout the 2022-23 season and finished first in the conference in assists.

The Rochester, New York, native took a chance on first-year head coach Micah Shrewsberry in 2021 and wound up leading the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years and first tournament win in 22 years.

“Thank you to all of my coaches and teammates for helping me become a better person and a better basketball player. Thank you to my family who has been my absolute rock every step of the way,” he said.

Pickett will join teammate Seth Lundy in the 2023 NBA Draft, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 22.

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