Written by JOSH FRANKENSTEIN – Updated March 31, 2020 07:06:18Zach LaVines college career is over, but the former Baylor star is still looking to build on his 2016-17 campaign.
LaVines is set to enter the NBA draft in the second round and is expected to be taken No. 1 overall.
That’s a huge deal, and it comes with a steep price tag, but LaVino said he wants to be a part of the team.
“I’m going to be an All-American,” LaVINE told ESPN.
“I don’t want to be No. 12.
I want to go to a championship school.
I really want to get to the Final Four.
I’ve always been a big believer in this league.
I think it’s something I can do.
I have a lot of respect for what Coach [Mike] Krzyzewski did at Baylor.
He’s a great coach.
I know that.
I’m looking forward to being a part, to help build this program.”
Krzyzwski coached LaVille to the NCAA tournament in each of his two seasons at Baylor, as well as two consecutive NCAA titles with the Bears.
He guided the Bears to the NIT in the 2015-16 season, where they finished fourth.
LaVelle also helped Baylor win the national championship in 2015, which was the first time in school history a school had won the national title.
“It was awesome to see how much he wants this team to win,” LaLVINE said.
“He wants it to be the best that it can be.
He wants to win.
He said he’s not here for the awards.
He wanted this to be about the team.”
LaVINE, who led Baylor to the 2015 national title, was named the 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year and has been named the Associated Press All-Big 12 first-team twice.
He led the nation with 19.3 points per game last season, and has averaged 22.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in three seasons at the school.
LaLVines brother, Zach LaVar, is set for his first season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers traded LaVar to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 15, 2020, for a second-round pick.
LaVar LaVin has been with the Clippers since June, and was the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.