FGCU’s Marc-Eddy Noreila to ‘test’ NBA draft

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Marc-Eddy Noreila (pictured in the middle) declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Marc-Eddy Noreila, a redshirt junior forward who played a key role in Florida Gulf Coast University’s conference championship run and NCAA tournament berth, declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday.

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“Marc-Eddy had a great season for us, and after speaking with him, we both decided this would be the best option for him to see what areas of his game still need improving before the NBA Draft,” FGCU Head Coach Joe Dooley said in a statement. “With the new NCAA rules in place this year, it’s a great way for him to see just where he stands relative to his peers.”

Under the new rules, college players can declare for the draft, then change their minds, if they don’t hire an agent and remove their names from draft consideration within 10 days following the NBA Combine. Players can also participate in the combine and tryout with one NBA team before making a final decision.

Previously, college athletes had to make their draft decision by April 16 and lost their collegiate eligibility once they declared.

“It’s been my dream to play in the NBA, and this is a great opportunity for me to find out just where I stand,” Norelia said in a statement. “Going through this evaluation process over the next month will hopefully provide me with a better understanding of that.”

Norelia, who transferred from Tulane University, was an Atlantic-Sun Conference first team selection this season and the conference tournament MVP. The 6-8 forward from Orlando set single-season school records in points (597), rebounds (325), field goals made (234) and double-doubles (16). He is also the first FGCU player to grab more than 275 rebounds in a season.

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