Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
LSU freshman forward Naz Reid announced on Instagram Tuesday that he has declared for the NBA Draft.

The Ashbury, New Jersey native averaged 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds during his the 2018-2019 season and was named to the All-Freshman Team by SEC Coaches.

He becomes LSU's first one-and-done player since Ben Simmons declared for the 2016 NBA Draft after his freshman season.

Here was Reid's announcement:
quote:

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. 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. I 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
Filed Under: LSU Basketball

Comments

61 Comments
Good luck young man.
Reply21 days
Family...
Reply21 days
Good luck young man.
Reply21 days
Best of luck to you. I hope you have a long and profitable career. Thanks for being a Tiger.
Reply21 days
Appears he didn't go to the gym after all. Best of luck to him.
Reply21 days
best of luck kid, best of luck :Chubs Peterson:
Reply21 days
That's how you make an announcement. Good luck dude.
Reply22 days
Good luck to you. Wish you would have stayed. I think you would have benefited, but I understand.
Reply22 days
Thank you Naz for being a Tiger
Reply22 days
Well with all that has happened this year with Wade you can't blame the kid. I personally believe if a kid comes to LSU on scholarship he should be made to forfeit it if he leaves. Why waste our money and time training kids that don't want to play for us just use us as a stepping stone.
Reply22 days
I guess you're not aware that college scholarships are not an automatic 4 year deal. They're awarded to student athletes on a yearly basis so they just have to renew it every year for up to 4 years. So it's incorrect to say it's a waste of time and money.
21 days
I'd venture to say hundreds, if not thousands, of kids on scholarship leave the state immediately after graduation. The brain drain is real...do those kids pay the university/taxpayers back?
21 days
Has to be one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever seen on this website and that’s saying a lot
21 days
Geaux Naz!! I’m happy for him. It’s gotta be a hard choice between getting more experience and getting paid.
Reply22 days
Go get it man!! Good luck thanks for your time!! You helped changed the culture
Reply22 days
Change
22 days
No reason to be mad at this young man. He played hard for LSU and doesn't owe LSU or its fans anything.... Good luck young man. Go earn some money.
Reply22 days
True. Give me a chance to go and I'm one and done also. Too bad I'm 5-10
22 days
I hope he does and does not turn into Jose Vargas .. he still needs a lot of development for his position.
22 days
Wow, what a bunch of butt hurt "fans" busting on one of ours that decided to cash in. Good luck Naz, thanks for being a part of LSU basketball.
Reply22 days
Pussy
Reply22 days
Keyboard warrior lol
21 days
It was a nice run. Good luck big guy.
Reply22 days
LOL!!!
Reply22 days
Best of luck. Was a joy watching you play. And for all those that know zero about the NBA, he will easily be a 1st round pick.
Reply22 days
He will get drafted, and paid. He has some fine tuning to do to his game but they will coach him up pretty quick. 5 years in the NBA, then a few overseas leaves him financially good for life, as long as he has good financial awareness.
Reply22 days
Good luck young man
Reply22 days
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