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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 10: Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes and Dejounte Murray #5 of the Washington Huskies miss the ball in the first half at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on February 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – The University of Washington’s men’s basketball team just lost its two best players.

Freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray both announced on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that they intend to enter the NBA draft.

The UW said both will hire agents, meaning they won’t be able to change their minds and come back.

Chriss, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Sacramento, averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds a game last season.

Murray, a 6-4 guard out of Rainier Beach High, averaged 16.1 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Both are likely first-round picks, and some mock drafts have predicted both will be lottery picks.

The Huskies were eliminated from the NIT on Tuesday night.