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Thursday / June 20.
  • UCLA’s Adem Bona declares for NBA Draft

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    UCLA freshman big man Adem Bona has declared for the NBA Draft, he announced.

    “I want to thank God for even allowing me to be in this position,” he wrote in a statement. “Without Him, none of this would have been possible. To my teammates, I can’t thank you guys enough for the support this season. We were locked in, and we’ll be brothers for life. To my coaches, I want to thank the entire coaching staff for taking a chance on me. Every one of you made me a better athlete, but more importantly, a better man. Thank you for helping me get closer to my dreams.

    “To my family, I could spend hours talking about you and it wouldn’t be enough. Your love and support made all of this possible. To Bruin Nation, thank you for welcoming me from day one. The memories that I’ve made in Westwood will stick with me for the rest of my life. Ever since I picked up a basketball, it has always been my dream to show that I could play at the highest level. With that being said, I have decided to declare for the 2023 NBA Draft.”

    The 6-foot-10 native of Nigeria averaged 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for a Bruins team that finished 31-6 and won the PAC-12 title.

    Bona was honored as the 2023 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was among five freshmen to secure All-Pac-12 Freshman Team honors. He was also one of five student-athletes named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Bona secured honorable mention All-Pac-12 acclaim.

    “We will support Adem through this process with the NBA,” said coach Mick Cronin. “He’s still in school and he will retain his eligibility. He is rehabbing daily from his shoulder injury. Adem is one of the best young people who I’ve ever coached, and I’m excited for him. This is part of having great players in your program. We will support him and Jaylen Clark as they navigate through this process.”

    He joins Tyger Campbell, Amari Bailey, Jaylen Clark and Jaime Jaquez among Bruins to declare for the Draft.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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