SEATTLE – (Apr. 20) Redshirt junior center Aaron Menzies announced Friday that he will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. Menzies will not hire an agent, therefore retaining his final season of collegiate eligibility.
"This is a great opportunity that will allow me to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball," said Menzies. "This process gives me the chance to gain valuable feedback about my career moving forward whilst preserving my NCAA eligibility."
Menzies had a breakout junior season that culminated in All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team and WAC All-Defensive Team honors. The 7-foot-3 Manchester, England, native averaged 11.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game as the Redhawks won 20 games in 2017-18. He shot 60.9 percent from the field and 64.8 percent from the free-throw line while finishing the year ranked 15th in the nation in total blocks (79), 20th in blocks per game (2.3), 16th in offensive rebounds (118), 40th in total rebounds (302) and 43rd in rebounds per game (8.9).
"Aaron had a great junior season and is a superb teammate," Head Coach Jim Hayford said. "He has done a great job in the classroom as well, and I want to help him in anyway I can in making his dreams to come true. This process will help him evaluate his next steps forward."
Menzies set a Seattle U record with 79 blocks and scored in double-figures 18 times. He poured in a season-high 32 points to go along with 15 rebounds versus Pacific Lutheran on Dec. 4, and went on to collect 14 double-doubles, including a stretch of four straight midway through WAC play.
In 80 total games as a Redhawk, Menzies has averaged 8.7 points and 6.8 rebounds, and collected 109 blocks. His career-high of 35 points ranks second most in the program's modern day Division I history and his career-high 19 rebounds ranks No. 1.