Jordan Bell, whose defensive heroics helped Oregon reach the Final Four, will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, the standout forward announced via riselongbeach.com on Tuesday.
On Monday, Bell denied The Vertical's report that he intended to forgo his senior season and turn pro. He made the move official one day later.
"Oregon has become my home," Bell wrote on the website. "I've gained lifelong friends and made so many unforgettable memories here. After talking it over with my family and friends, I have decided that now is the best time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA."
Earlier this month, Bell apologized after surrendering a pair of crucial rebounds to North Carolina in the final seconds of a loss in the national semifinals. The gaffes overshadowed a phenomenal performance for the Long Beach, California, product. He finished with 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in the loss.
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 12.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game in the NCAA tournament.
His departure creates another void for an Oregon team coming off its first Final Four appearance in nearly 80 years.
Both Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks have decided to enter the NBA draft and sign with agents. Casey Benson recently announced his decision to transfer; as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible next season. Chris Boucher, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Pac-12 tournament, exhausted his eligibility and will attempt to salvage his pro prospects after he recovers from knee surgery.
With Dorsey, Brooks and Bell gone, coach Dana Altman has lost the nucleus of this season's talented team.