Babbitt hires agent, declares for draft

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada sophomore Luke Babbitt says he has hired an agent and is foregoing his final two years of college eligibility to enter the 2010 NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward, who was named an honorable mention All-American this year by The Associated Press, says in a statement released by the university Tuesday that he wants to pursue his lifelong dream of playing pro basketball.

Babbitt says it was a difficult decision. The Western Athletic Conference's player of the year ranked ninth in the nation in scoring this past season, averaging 21.9 points per game.