ESPN: Patrick O'Bryant helped Bradley make it to the Sweet 16 last month. Now he's hoping to make it to the NBA.
O'Bryant announced Saturday that he has declared for the June 28 NBA draft. However, he has not yet hired an agent, meaning he has until 10 days before the draft to opt out and maintain his college eligibility.
O'Bryant, who averaged 13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks last season, told the Journal Star that his goal is to be a lottery pick. He said the only way he would return to Bradley is if he suffered an injury or if he wasn't happy with his draft projection.
"This is a lifelong dream, to play in the NBA," O'Bryant told the newspaper. "It came around earlier than I expected. I was thinking I'd be doing this in 2008.
"Publicity is high right now and my stock is so high right now, you've got to go with it," he said.
The 2006 Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the year averaged 2.9 blocked shots per game.