Syracuse guard Dion Waiters will forgo his final two years of eligiblity and enter the NBA draft this spring, the guard announced on Monday evening.
“I’ve decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional basketball player by entering my name in the NBA Draft this spring,” Waiters said in a statement. “I plan on signing with an agent.”
Waiters was named the Big East Six Man of the Year after averaging 12.6 points and 2.6 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. Though Waiters never started a single game at SU, he was one of the biggest reasons that Syracuse went 34-3 on the season.
Waiters nearly doubled his stats across the line in his second year. He averaged 6.6 points and 1.5 assists as a freshman. He is projected as a mid-first round pick.
The Orange was eliminated by Ohio State in the Elite 8, 77-70, on Saturday.
“I want to thank my coaches and my teammates. I’ve had an amazing experience at Syracuse University,” Waiters said. “I also want to thank all the Syracuse basketball fans. They are the best in college basketball.”
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