Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev (3) has become the third Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft this year without hiring an agent. Gonzaga’s leading scorer and the West Coast Conference player of the year, Petrusev made his announcement Sunday, the deadline for players to declare. (Associated Press)

Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev (3) has become the third Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft this year without hiring an agent. Gonzaga’s leading scorer and the West Coast Conference player of the year, Petrusev made his announcement Sunday, the deadline for players to declare. (Associated Press)

Gonzaga’s Petrusev will enter NBA draft, but not hire agent

Not having a paid representative leaves the door open for the Zag star to return to school if the NBA doesn’t want him.

  • Monday, April 27, 2020 1:35pm
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SPOKANE — Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev has become the third Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft this year without hiring an agent.

Gonzaga’s leading scorer and the West Coast Conference player of the year, Petrusev made his announcement Sunday, the deadline for players to declare.

Wing Corey Kispert and guard Joel Ayayi previously announced they would be available for the draft. But they also did not hire agents, leaving the door open to return to the Zags next season.

Petrusev also submitted his name for the draft after his freshman season, when he played limited minutes.

“It is my dream to one day play at the highest level so I am entering the 2020 NBA draft, but I am still considering a return to Gonzaga,” Petrusev said in a news release. “There is still a lot of uncertainty with what might happen to next year’s NCAA season as well as the NBA draft, this gives me more time to evaluate that and leave all the options open.

Petrusev, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Serbia, led the Bulldogs in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.9 per game) last season as a sophomore. The Zags finished 31-2.

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