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Baylor freshman Jeremy Sochan makes NBA Draft decision

Baylor, Jeremy Sochan

After a magnificent season with the Baylor Bears, Jeremy Sochan had the decision to go back for his sophomore season or declare for the NBA Draft. The 18-year-old has now made his decision.

According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Sochan will be declaring for the 2022 draft. He averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25.1 minutes off the bench for Baylor.

Sochan, who played for the Polish national team, told Givony that the experience he has playing for that squad, in high school and at Baylor will help him develop his game at the NBA level.

“I may be the only player in this draft who played at an American high school, in Europe versus men and in college at the NCAA level,” Sochan said. “This experience has been extremely useful for me both on and off the court. I think my ability to work hard, learn and adapt quickly will make it easier for me to evolve.”

Defensive versatility gives Sochan intriguing upside. The 6-foot-9 forward can match up with a variety of players. Although he leaves a lot to be desired with his shooting, he is confident that he will be able to figure it out and become a meaningful contributor on offense.

“I’m looking forward to showing NBA teams how mature my game is for my age and l how I learn and adapt to new places quickly,” Sochan said.

After Baylor guard Davion Mitchell became a lottery pick in last year’s draft, the Bears should see another one of their players drafted early.