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Potential first-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker declares for NBA draft

Iowa State v Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 16: Talen Horton-Tucker #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones shoots the ball during the second half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on January 16, 2019 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Iowa State defeated Texas Tech 68-64. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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In an NBA where versatility is a buzzword, Talen Horton-Tucker may be a player for the modern age.

That’s what he’s betting. The 6'4" combo guard out of Iowa State has declared for the NBA draft.

Horton-Tucker has climbed up draft boards this season and is now projected as a mid-to-late first round pick (although he needs some good workouts to maintain that status). He averaged 11.8 points per game but struggled with his shot, hitting just 40.6 percent of his attempts overall and 30.8 percent from three.

He’s physically strong at 6'4" who can pass and has a great feel for the game, so he could be played as more of a four in certain matchups (think P.J. Tucker type in an ideal world). He can put the ball on the floor, he works hard, there’s a lot to like — if he can fix that shot.