Missouri point guard Phil Pressey said he will not return for his senior season and will enter the NBA draft.
"Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult because it means I am leaving a place I love so much," Pressey said in statement posted on team's website. "I love my teammates, my coaches, Mike Alden and all of our fans, and I'm so glad I had the chance to play for Coach Haith these last two years. He had such a big impact on my career and because of that relationship I will help Missouri Basketball anyway I can going forward."
The 5'11" playmaker had an erratic junior season, averaging a career-best 11.9 points and 7.1 assists but also 3.5 turnovers.
Head coach Frank Haith said it is a bittersweet day.
"We all care so much about Phil, but I know how much research he and his family have done and I support that 100 percent," Haith said in a written statement. "I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to coach Phil for two seasons and he helped us win a lot of games, but more importantly, he was a great ambassador for our program both on and off the court. I wish Phil and his family all the best as he turns to a new chapter in his basketball career."
Pressey made only 37.6 percent of his field-goal attempts and struggled with late-game decision-making in losses to UCLA, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
"I wish we could have brought home a national championship banner, but coming to Mizzou was the best decision of my life. This is a special place and I will always be a Tiger," Pressey said.
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