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UW's Isaiah Stewart declares for NBA draft

Stewart was named All-Pac-12 first team
Credit: AP
Washington's Isaiah Stewart (33) dunks as San Diego's Alex Floresca (15) and Jared Rodriguez (20) stand by during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Seattle. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart has declared for the NBA draft. Stewart's decision to leave Washington after one season was anticipated even before he set foot on campus.

 He arrived to huge expectations that he would further Washington’s resurgence under coach Mike Hopkins but the season became a frustrating mix of underachievement by the team and close losses.

In a statement, Washington coach Mike Hopkins said, “Isaiah exemplifies everything you want from a student athlete. He wears his heart on his sleeve, in the way he plays, how he interacts with the community, our fans and everyone he comes into contact with. As a coach, you want to see your players dreams come true. His dream of playing in the NBA is becoming a reality. I’m so proud of him. He is a special kid and I was honored to coach him. He’ll be a part of the Husky family forever.”

Stewart was named to the All-Pac-12 first team after averaging 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds in the regular season. The forward is projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick in the draft.