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Washington’s Murray, Chriss declare for NBA draft

Dejounte Murray

Washington guard Dejounte Murray, center, dribbles the ball past Mount St. Mary’s center Taylor Danaher (50) as Washington forward Marquese Chriss, right, watches duirng the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


SEATTLE (AP) Washington freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray have both declared for the NBA draft and will hire agents, ending their college careers after one season.

The school announced the intentions of both Chriss and Murray on Wednesday night. Both players are projected to be first-round picks after up-and-down first seasons of college basketball where each flashed NBA potential.

Chriss is a 6-foot-9 forward from Sacramento, California, with the ability to play on the low block and stretch his game beyond the 3-point line. Chriss struggled with foul trouble throughout his freshman season and played just 25 minutes per game because of the fouls, but averaged 13.7 points.

Murray, a 6-foot-4 guard from Seattle, came on as the season progressed. He averaged 16.4 points, 6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.