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UCLA’s Jules Bernard will assess NBA draft stock while preserving option to return

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Jaime Jaquez Jr. is coming back to UCLA and Peyton Watson and Jake Kyman are leaving.

Jules Bernard? It could go either way.

The senior guard on Instagram on Tuesday he will enter his name into the NBA draft while retaining his ability to return to college in case he wants to use the extra season of eligibility granted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bernard, who averaged 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season, is not listed on most mock draft boards but could improve his standing if he secures an invitation to the draft combine next month in Chicago or workouts for individual teams. He has until 8:59 pm PDT on June 1 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and preserve his college eligibility.

“I’m super excited to start this process,” Bernard wrote in his Instagram post, “and I’m looking forward to taking steps towards achieving my dreams.”

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Jaime Jaquez Jr. will return to UCLA in hopes of winning a national title

UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez, who played a pivotal role in the Bruins’ NCAA tournament runs the last two seasons, announces he will return for the 2022-23 season.

One of UCLA’s most improved players since his arrival, the 6-foot-7 Bernard earned praise from coach Mick Cronin as one of the nation’s top wing players while often being overlooked, even on his own team. He’s increased his scoring output in each of his three seasons under Cronin and ranked third on the team last season, trailing only Jaquez and Johnny Juzang.

“Jules and I are in constant communication about his process,” Cronin said in a statement. “We are supporting Jules every way that we can, and we are excited for him to go through his evaluation and workout process over the next month. He has been a great Bruin and has improved as a player every season at UCLA. Should Jules decide to play as a super senior, we would be absolutely thrilled to have him back in Westwood.”

The Bruins are still waiting to learn whether guards Tyger Campbell and Juzang and post players Myles Johnson and Cody Riley will return next season. College players have until Sunday night to submit paperwork to make themselves eligible for the draft.



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