Nebraska junior Terran Petteway declares for NBA Draft

Nebraska junior guard Terran Petteway will forgo his senior season and enter his name to the 2015 NBA Draft, the school announced Thursday.

Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America
Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

Petteway averaged 18.2 points per game last season, ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-6 guard won the Big Ten scoring title with 18.1 points per game and was named to First Team All-Big Ten in 2013-14.

“I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,” Petteway said in a statement. “This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.”

With Petteway leaving, Nebraska now returns only two starters from a team that finished No. 12 in the Big Ten last season.

Forward Walter Pitchford also declared for the NBA Draft, and guard David Rivers exhausted his eligibility.

With those three players gone, the Cornhuskers are destined for another finished in the bottom third of the conference.

“I’m happy for Terran and his family,” coach Tim Miles said in a release. “While I had hoped he stayed with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process. I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team.”

Petteway is on track to earn his degree this spring.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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