LSU junior forward JohnnyO'Bryant III made it official Tuesdayafternoon with his mom, Angela Moore, and LSU head coach JohnnyJones by his side that hewould forego his senior season at LSU to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
O'Bryant III finishes his three-year career at LSU with 1,157points and 702 rebounds, one of just 14 players to have recorded 1,000 careerpoints and 700 career rebounds at LSU … His point total ranks 31st on LSU'sschool scoring list and his 702 rebounds is 20th all-time on the LSU list.
The Cleveland, Miss., native made the announcement with his fellowteammates and coaching staff in the room along with a large area mediacontingent who had covered him throughout his three years and were also on handlast year when he surprised many and returned for his junior season.
O'Bryant III averaged 15.4 points, the highest of his three yearsand up almost 7 full points from the end of freshman season. He averaged 7.7rebounds a game and this season shot 49.6% from the field, which is fourth inthe Southeastern Conference. He finished the year ninth in the league inscoring and fifth in the league in rebounds.
O'Bryant III averaged 12.7 points for the 91 games he played inover three years (79 starts) and 7.7 rebounds over those games. He played inthree post-season games in two NIT events in his career (2012, 2014) and scoredin double figures in eighth of the last nine games of his career, averaging16.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds over the last 18 games of his career.
JOB III earned Coaches All-SEC First Team honors for the secondstraight year becoming the ninth to earn back-to-back first team All-SEC honorsjoining such Tiger greats as Glen Davis (2006, 2007), Shaquille O'Neal (1990,1991, 1992), Chris Jackson (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) (1989, 1990), Durand "Rudy"Macklin (1980, 1981), Pete Maravich (1968, 1969, 1970), Dick Maile (1964,1965), Bob Pettit (1952, 1953, 1954) and Sparky Wade (1934, 1935).
He had eight 20-plus scoring games in 2013-14 and eight doubledoubles to bring his career total at LSU to 25, second among SEC players.