North Carolina junior forward J.P. Tokoto will be leaving school early and declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward averaged 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game this past season.
Tokoto is projected by some to be an early second-round pick.
From the report:
“Going in, I know I’m not a first-round pick,” Tokoto told Yahoo Sports. “I know my jumper needs work, and I’m putting in that work now – and will keep doing it. My jumper is something that has me as a second-round pick right now, but I have a mindset of work to improve the form and range of my shot.”
Tokoto, who is 6-foot-6, is considered to be solidly in the second round of the draft, several NBA executives told Yahoo Sports.
This is a blow to the Tar Heels' chances to win a championship in 2016, but not a huge one.
UNC is still expected to bring back the majority of its 2014-15 team. We have the Tar Heels ranked No. 1 in our way-too-early top 25 for 2015-16. Due to this news, they'll likely fall a couple of spots.