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ASU men's basketball forward Romello White declares for 2020 NBA Draft

The Atlanta native started 29 games for the Sun Devils in his third season

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ASU redshirt junior forward Romello White (23) takes a moment to himself in between plays in the second half against Louisiana on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe. The Sun Devils defeated the Ragin' Cajuns 77-65.

ASU men’s basketball redshirt junior forward Romello White has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, which he announced on Instagram Wednesday afternoon.

“I would like to announce that I have decided to submit my name to the NBA Draft Committee in order to receive feedback as I aim to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA,” White said in the post.

Head coach Bobby Hurley took to Twitter to express support of White’s decision, stating, “I strongly support Mello’s decision to explore the NBA draft process!!”

White, who is expected to explore his options, is eligible to sign with an NCAA-certified agent and return for his senior year should he choose to withdraw before June 15.

The Atlanta native played in 30 games for ASU this season and finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game with a career-high 8.8.

He also led all players on the team who started 10 games or more in shooting percentage with his 57% mark from the field and is second in ASU history at 60.5% over three seasons.

With the recent departure of junior forwards Khalid Thomas and Andre Allen, freshman forward Jalen Graham should see a bigger role down low next season.

The uncertainty surrounding sports due to the coronavirus pandemic may force the NBA to push its draft deadline further, giving White more time to weigh his options.

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