Grant decides to leave Syracuse for NBA Draft

By wbng sports

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM EDT

Syracuse, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After spending two years in Orange, sophomore Jerami Grant announced his decision to declare for the NBA Draft on Monday.

This past season Grant averaged 12.1 points per game and led Syracuse in rebounding with 6.8 per contest.

"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 in a statement. "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."

"We'd like to thank Jerami for his tremendous contribution to Syracuse Basketball over the last two years," said Coach Jim Boeheim. "We wish him well in all of his future endeavors."

Grant joins freshman Tyler Ennis as Syracuse players who decided to leave school early for the NBA Draft this season. The Orange also lose seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita from the team which spent part of the season ranked number one in the country.

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