Canadian Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who has spent the last two seasons as a member of Virginia Tech's basketball team, is leaving school early to enter the 2019 NBA Draft.
Alexander-Walker, who still has two more years of collegiate eligibility remaining, released the following statement on Sunday to announce his decision:
The Toronto native averaged 16.2 points and 4.0 assists this season for the Hokies, who made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to this season, Virginia Tech had not reached the Sweet 16 since 1967.
The 20-year-old guard is currently listed as the 22nd best prospect available for this year's draft by ESPN. At that slot, he would be the first Hokie to be selected in the first round of an NBA draft since former Toronto Raptor, Dell Curry, was taken 15th overall in 1986.
Alexander-Walker is the cousin of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers, who was selected 11th overall in last year's NBA draft.
Alexander-Walker is now the third prominent Canadian college basketball player to declare for June's draft, following in the footsteps of Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State) and Simisola Shittu (Vanderbilt).