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Gonzaga stars Holmgren, Nembard announced for NBA draft

Spokane, Wash. ( Associated Press) — Gonzaga stars Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembard announced Thursday that they will enter the NBA draft.

Holmgren is expected to be the top five pick, while Nembard has been pitched as a potential second rounder.

Holmgren arrived at Gonzaga as one of the most acclaimed recruits in program history, a 7-footer with the passing and ball-handling skills of a guard. Holmgren was the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and First-team All-Conference selection. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game, and was a third-team Associated Press All-American.

“From the day I arrived in Spokane and stepped into the Gonzaga campus, you’ve all been the best family,” Holmgren wrote in announcing his decision on social media. “This year I have grown so much from the experiences we share as a player and as a person as I have represented the Bulldogs on and off the court. I have developed relationships that will last forever and I have It’s the time of life.”

Nembard spent two seasons at Gonzaga after relocating from Florida. He was a first-team all-conference selection and was the most outstanding player of the WCC tournament. Nembard averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 assists per game.

Gonzaga was 59–5 in the games Nembard played over two seasons.

“Coming to Gonzaga was really one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m so grateful to have this place,” Nembard said. “I am grateful and blessed to be part of teams with so much success and achievements, but nothing compares to all the relationships I’ve built over the past two years that will last me a lifetime.”

Four of Gonzaga’s players were announced for the NBA draft this spring: Holmgren, Nembard, Julian Strother and Drew Timme.

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