Emmanuel Malou to Forgo College Career at Iowa State, Will Stay in NBA Draft

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 25: Head coach Steve Prohm of the Iowa State Cyclones looks on in the first half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at United Center on March 25, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 25: Head coach Steve Prohm of the Iowa State Cyclones looks on in the first half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at United Center on March 25, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State men’s basketball signee Emmanuel Malou confirmed he will stay in the NBA Draft and forgo his college career for the Cyclones.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that it is time to pursue my NBA dream and sign with an agent,” Malou said in a press release. “I know that it is going to require a huge amount of work, but I am motivated and excited for the challenges that lie ahead. I would like to thank all the staff at Iowa State for all that they have done for me. I want to wish them and the players the best of luck in the coming season.”

The forward from Melbourne, Australia, initially signed with Iowa State in November while attending Yuba College in California. Malou was touted as the No. 2 JUCO basketball player in the nation and a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com.

“Manny has informed us that he will stay in the NBA Draft,” Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said in the release. “We wish him the best as he pursues his dream of playing basketball professionally in the NBA.”

This announcement comes on the heels of the Cyclones signing two graduate transfers, Deonte Burton returning to school, and Hallice Cooke deciding to transfer.