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Husker point guard Dalano Banton declares for NBA Draft
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Husker point guard Dalano Banton declares for NBA Draft

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Nebraska vs. Maryland, 2.17

Nebraska guard Dalano Banton talks to teammates as he works the floor against Maryland on Feb. 17 in College Park, Md.

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Nebraska's Dalano Banton wants to test the NBA waters.

The fifth-year junior guard announced Monday that he plans to declare for the NBA Draft. He will not hire an agent, which makes him eligible to return to college.

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The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft is July 7. The NBA Draft is July 29.

"These past (two) years at Nebraska have put me in position to chase my lifelong dreams of being an NBA player," Banton wrote on social media. "Thanks to all my family, teammates, coaches and support staff for all the support, encouragement and advice."

The versatile, 6-foot-9 Western Kentucky transfer ran point for Fred Hoiberg's team this past season. He started 22 games and averaged 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. His combination of length and playmaking ability made him an intriguing college prospect, and now Banton will see what NBA scouts think of those traits.

Banton scored in double figures nine straight times to open the season, including a season-high 18 points against Nevada and 17 against Georgia Tech and Michigan. He also put together the second triple-double in program history in Nebraska's win over Doane.

His production slowed, though, especially after the Huskers came back from a COVID-19 pause. He came off the bench in NU's final five games, but played well in that stretch against Iowa (14 points, eight boards) and Minnesota (14 points).

Banton was the first Husker since 1974 to lead the team in rebounds and assists in the same season.

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