Justin Anderson held a brief press conference today to discuss his decision to enter the NBA Draft after 3 years at Virginia. Anderson sat alone at the podium and kicked things off by thanking the complete UVa coaching staff, University President Teresa Sullivan, Athletic Director Craig Littlepaige and his professors for his development during his time at UVa.
When it came to making the decision to leave, Anderson revealed that, based on feedback from league general managers, etc., he made his final decision a couple days ago and that he was given a projected draft position of Late First to Early Second round by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Additionally, Anderson consulted with former Hoos Joe Harris, Mike Scott, Roger Mason Jr., and Cory Alexander (each of whom played in the NBA) prior to making his choice. From Cavalier Insider, the video of Anderson talking about his decision is below (poor audio):
Despite announcing his entry in the draft, Anderson will not withdraw from UVa immediately and will finish out this semester in hopes of maintaining a 3.0 GPA and qualifying as an Academic All-American. He concluded the press conference with some kind words for Head Coach Tony Bennett:
#UVA Justin Anderson on coach Tony Bennett: "Everything he said to me was great advice... I'm very thankful he's in my corner."— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) April 14, 2015
This announcement should put to rest any (delusional?) thoughts on Anderson reconsidering and returning to UVa, and we will continue to follow his journey and progress leading up to the NBA Draft on June 25th.