Jaylen Nowell, a University of Washington and former Garfield High School standout, announced he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft in a statement posted to Twitter Sunday evening.
Nowell, the Pac-12 Conference player of the year, has until May 29 to decide whether or not to stay in the draft or return to Washington for his junior season.
“I want to thank everyone, especially the city of Seattle, for your support,” Nowell said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I hope you all will continue to support me through my professional career. I will always be a Dawg for life.”
Nowell, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard, is listed as the 89th best available player in the upcoming draft. NBADraft.net projects Nowell as a second round selection (39th).
If Nowell opts to stay in the draft, he could become the latest former high school shooting guards from the Seattle area to make it to the NBA, joining the likes of Dejounte Murray (Rainier Beach), Brandon Roy (Garfield), Jamal Crawford (Rainier Beach), Jason Terry (Franklin), Doug Christie (Rainier Beach via Mark Morris in Longview) and Rodney Stuckey (Kentwood).
Nowell would have two more years of eligibility if he opted to return.
During his decorated high school career, Nowell led Garfield to a 3A KingCo leauge title with 23.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore, then followed it up by averaging 17.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a junior. Nowell was an Associated Press 3A first team all-Washington selection and committed to UW as a four-star recruit.
As a sophomore at UW, Nowell was an instrumental piece in the Huskies 27-9 season that included their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, which ended with a second round loss to North Carolina. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting a 50.2 percent clip from the field.
UW assistant coach Will Conroy, who was also a former standout for the Huskies and Garfield High School, tweeted his appreciation for Nowell shortly after his announcement.