KU basketball’s David McCormack declares for the 2022 NBA draft

Kansas senior forward David McCormack parades the NCAA men's basketball championship trophy throughout the terminal at Topeka Regional Airport at Forbes Field on April 2, 2022.

LAWRENCE— David McCormack’s career in college basketball appears to be over, as Kansas’ senior forward announced in an Instagram post Tuesday he has decided to declare for the upcoming NBA draft.

McCormack could still return and stave off the professional ranks for another year, of course, given the extra year of eligibility being in college for the 2020-21 season led to for him and so many others. But the way he worded his statement about him, seems to indicate that his efforts that helped lead the Jayhawks to a national championship will be his last in a Kansas uniform.

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“Man, what a ride these last four years have been,” McCormack’s post read. “It’s crazy to think how much I’ve grown both on and off the court — as a person and a player. For that, I have to thank our coaches, my teammates, and of course my family. I also want to thank Jayhawk nation, and those who always believed in me. This place is special because of you, and there truly is no place like Kansas.”

McCormack continued: “After talking with my family and coaches, I have decided to declare for the 2022 NBA draft. I can’t imagine ending my career at Kansas better than we did this past season, as national champions. Rock Chalk!”

Kansas forward David McCormack warms up during practice for the Final Four of the NCAA tournament on April 1, 2022 in New Orleans.

McCormack will likely be forever remembered in Lawrence for his play in the national title game against North Carolina. Not only did he finish with a 15-point and 10-rebound double-double in his team’s 72-69 win, but it was his bucket that put the Jayhawks up 70-69 and his bucket that put them up 72-69 inside the contest’s final 90 seconds. While senior guard Ochai Agbaji was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player, Kansas coach Bill Self would say that McCormack earned himself a piece of that honor as well.

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