A few weeks ago, Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis declared for the NBA draft. SU sophomore forward Jerami Grant announced that he will also leave school early to go to the NBA.
SU Athletics confirmed just before 2:00 p.m. of Grant's intention to enter the NBA Draft.
"After extensive discussions with my family and coaches, I have decided to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball and enter the 2014 NBA Draft," Grant announced on Cuse.com "I am so thankful to coach Boeheim and the rest of the Orange coaching staff for guiding me throughout my college career, and am grateful to my teammates for two incredible seasons. I am excited to start my journey in the NBA, but I also look forward to finishing my college degree. I cannot thank my coaches, teammates and the entire Orange community enough for all of their support."
Last week, SU coach Jim Boeheim had this to say on Grant's possible departure. Boeheim had this to say in the release this afternoon:
"We'd like to thank Jerami for his tremendous contribution to Syracuse Basketball over the last two years," Boeheim said. "We wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
Pete Thamel from Sports Illustrated reported around 1:30 p.m. today that Jerami Grant planned to announce his intention to go to the NBA Draft. Thamel reported that Jerami's father Harvey confirmed this afternoon that his son will leave Syracuse and sign with an agent.
Grant averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Orange this season. Grant is projected to land somewhere in the mid-first round of the NBA Draft, which is on June 26th.