UVa junior guard Justin Anderson will forego his senior year at Virginia and enter June's 2015 NBA draft.
Anderson says, “I have decided to leave the University of Virginia and enter the 2015 NBA Draft,” Anderson said. “It's been a life-long dream of mine to play in the NBA and I've had an incredible experience here at UVa. It's really difficult to say goodbye, but I feel I'm ready to make the next step in my basketball career at the professional level.”
Head coach Tony Bennett says, “I thank Justin for three great years at UVa,” head coach Tony Bennett said. “Justin has been an outstanding player, ambassador and role model for our program and we'll miss him. He has worked hard on his game, and has earned this opportunity to realize his life-long dream of playing in the NBA. He helped us win a lot of games and will always be a part of the Virginia basketball family.”
Anderson is projected as an early second-round draft choice by DraftExpress.com, an NBA Draft website, but some league executives believe Anderson could become a first-round pick with a good pre-draft workout.
Anderson averaged 12.2 points and four rebounds this past season. He missed eight games because of a fractured pinkie and an appendectomy. Anderson led the ACC in three point shooting this past season before his broken finger, shooting 48 percent. He was voted second-team All-ACC by the ACC coaches despite missing eight games.
“As a kid growing up in Virginia, it was important to me to play collegiately in my home state and make UVa one of the premier programs in the ACC and in all of college basketball. I want to thank Coach Bennett and his staff for giving me the opportunity to play here. I also want thank my teammates, University administration and my professors for three amazing years.”
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