Men’s basketball senior forward Josh Mballa announced in an Instagram post Wednesday that he is declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. Mballa will remain eligible to return to UB next season if he withdraws his name prior to the July 19 deadline.
“For years my dream has been to play in the NBA, and it is time for me to turn those dreams into reality,” Mballa wrote in the post. “With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft, while retaining my collegiate eligibility.”
Mballa’s decision comes on the heels of the best season of his collegiate career.
The Bordeaux, France native led the Mid-American Conference in rebounding at 10.8 boards per game and was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year for the 2020-21 season.
Mballa was a dominant interior presence on both ends of the floor, averaging 15.3 points per game for UB last season.
The 6-foot-7, 220 lb. big man transferred to UB as a sophomore in 2019 after a season at Texas Tech, where he saw action in 17 games and played for a team that defeated UB in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and advanced all the way to the NCAA National Championship Game under head coach Chris Beard.
The second-team All-MAC selection will have until July 19 to withdraw from the NBA Draft if he wishes to return to UB for his senior season.
Anthony DeCicco is the senior sports editor for The Spectrum. In his free time, he can be found playing video games, watching ‘90s Knicks games and arguing with people on NBA Twitter at 3 a.m.