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Report: Washington State’s Robert Franks going pro

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FULLERTON, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Robert Franks #3 of the Washington State Cougars shoots a free throw in the second half of the game against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks at the Titan Gym on November 23, 2017 in Fullerton, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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Robert Franks, the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player, will forego his senior season at Washington State and declare for the NBA Draft while hiring an agent, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 6-foot-7 forward had a breakout junior season in which he averaged 17.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range. All that after averaging just 16.4 minutes and 6.3 points per game as a sophomore.

The Cougars went 12-19 overall and 4-14 in the Pac 12 to miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth-straight year under coach Ernie Kent. Losing Franks would be a significant blow to the 2018-19 team that was scheduled to return most of its significant pieces. Without its leading scorer, the Cougars will likely be even more reliant on Malachi Flyn in his junior year.