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Nick Young Declares for the NBA Draft

Nick Young has declared for the NBA draft, according  to the LA Times:

The 6-foot-6 junior swingman announced Tuesday that he was forgoing his senior season and declaring for the NBA draft, a move that will likely help him fulfill a childhood pledge.

"I'm going to buy my mom her first house," Young said following a news conference at Heritage Hall in which he confirmed that he would hire an agent and attend the pre-draft camp next month in Orlando, Fla. "I've always told her since I was little that I was going to get her a house."

Mae and Charles Young, who share an apartment and a family car, sat and smiled as their son talked about a decision that he hopes will result in him becoming the first USC player to be drafted in the first round since Houston picked Rodrick Rhodes with the 24th selection in 1997.

"I'm just trying to make a better life for my family," said Young, who averaged 17.5 points last season and ranks sixth on USC's all-time scoring list with 1,486 points.

Three draft-projection websites list Young as a mid- to late first-round pick, which would entail a lucrative guaranteed contract.

Lakers rookie guard Jordan Farmar, the 26th selection in the 2006 draft out of UCLA, makes $939,120 this season and will make $1,009,560 next season.

It's not Durant money, for sure, but it's rather more than I am making. Young has certainly helped the SC basketball program find its feet; best of luck to him in the next stage of his career and in supporting his family.