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NC State freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. declares for NBA

N.C. State's Denis Smith, right (AP photo)

RALEIGH (AP) - North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is heading to the NBA.

The point guard declared for the draft during a Tuesday morning announcement on ESPN. The move was no surprise since Smith was considered a likely one-and-done prospect this season and is projected to be a potential top-five pick.

Smith was one of two players in Division I to post two triple-doubles. But the Wolfpack finished near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, a season that unraveled so completely that it ultimately cost coach Mark Gottfried his job.

Smith was named league freshman of the year as well as the ACC newcomer of the year by The Associated Press.

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