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USC Trojans junior guard Julian Jacobs will explore options by declaring for the 2016 NBA draft

Julian Jacobs can declare for the NBA Draft and still have the option to return to the USC Trojans.

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Julian Jacobs says he's "exploring options" in declaring for the NBA draft. He's not yet hired an agent. This means he's still eligible to return to USC if things don't work out.

There's really no harm in declaring for the NBA draft anymore. The draft rules allow players to submit their name three times. Jacobs will have 10 days after the draft combine to withdraw his name.

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari said on Twitter that his entire team will enter the NBA draft, even walk-ons, with hope of being invited to the combine.

It's unclear if Jacobs thinking the Kentucky way on this one.

Jacobs averaged 11.6 points, a team-high 5.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 31 minutes per game in 31 games this season.

He was also named first-team All-Pac-12.

(h/t to Shams Charania of The Vertical).

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