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UCLA forward Jalen Hill declares early for NBA Draft

Hill is the second Bruin to test the NBA waters, joining Chris Smith.

UCLA forward Jalen Hill has declared early for the NBA Draft.

The redshirt sophomore was among the 163 players on a list released by the league Tuesday night naming those who had declared early for the draft.

Hill is the second Bruin to test the NBA waters, joining junior guard Chris Smith. Both still have the options of returning to school for the 2020-21 season should they withdraw their names prior to the June 3 deadline.

Hill was named to the Pac-12’s all-defensive team honorable mention as a sophomore. The former Corona Centennial standout averaged nine points and 6.9 rebounds this past season while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor.