DePaul loses Koshwal to NBA draft

DePaul's Mac Koshwal decided to forgo his senior season and has entered his name into the NBA draft, the school announced on Tuesday.

Koshwal is unable to return to DePaul because he also was an early entrant following his sophomore season.

Koshwal, a 6-foot-10 center, battled through injury problems this past season, playing in just 19 games. He averaged 16.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks.

For his career, he averaged 12.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 81 games. He recorded 27 double-doubles and had least 10 rebounds in 37 games.

As of last week, new DePaul coach Oliver Purnell had expected Koshwal back.

"I talked to Mac individually with what was going on now, things expected from him," Purnell said last Thursday. "He just indicated that he was looking forward to next year."

On Tuesday, Purnell wished Koshwal luck.

"We're sorry that we won't have the opportunity to work with Mac during his senior season and see him finish his career at DePaul with his degree," Purnell said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Koshwal is ranked No. 97 on ESPN's Chad Ford's top 100 board. Ford has Koshwal projected anywhere from a second-round pick to undrafted.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.