Nowell released a statement on social media Sunday night ending the debate about whether he would declare for the NBA following a sophomore season in which he led Washington in scoring and was named the conference player of the year by the coaches.
In his statement, Nowell said, "This season has been nothing less than amazing," and after discussions with his family and coaches, he said, he decided to declare for the draft. Nowell has until May 29 to change his mind and return to Washington for his junior season.
Washington coach Mike Hopkins said in a statement, "When he chose to stay with us two years ago and come to the University of Washington, we have seen him grow every single day, both on and off the court."
Nowell averaged 16.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range in his sophomore season. He helped lead Washington to the Pac-12 regular-season title and into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
Nowell has been projected by analysts to be anywhere from a mid-first-round to a second-round pick.