In line with earlier reports, the University put out an official press release on Monday afternoon that Virginia guard Justin Anderson will be entering the 2015 NBA Draft, thereby foregoing his final season of eligibility at Virginia.
We wrote about it earlier already, so you already know Anderson's stats and what this generally means for next year. But Anderson had a few words to add in the official release.
"I have decided to leave the University of Virginia and enter the 2015 NBA Draft," Anderson said in the release. "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."
"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."
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett also offered some words in the statement.
"I thank Justin for three great years at UVa. 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."
Stay tuned to STL as we follow Anderson's journey to the League.