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Wisconsin's Happ declares for NBA draft

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Wisconsin center Ethan Happ is declaring for the NBA draft, the school announced Tuesday.

Happ said he won't hire an agent, which leaves open the possibility of a return for his senior season.

"Ethan and I have talked multiple times about his future and our coaching staff fully supports his decision to explore the NBA draft," Badgers coach Greg Gard said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity for him to gather information directly from the source, NBA personnel. The underclassmen rule allows Ethan and others to participate in workouts with teams and potentially the NBA combine. This experience will be invaluable for him and will ultimately make him a better player."

Happ averaged 17.9 points and 8.0 rebounds for Wisconsin (15-18) this season.

Happ indicated in early March that he planned to submit his name for the draft. He told reporters then he would depart only if he was a first-round pick.

Most projections have Happ as a second-round prospect or undrafted free agent.

The NBA draft is slated for June 21. Players who don't sign with an agent have until June 11 to withdraw and retain their college eligibility.