Clarkson to enter NBA Draft

Jordan Clarkson announced Monday that he will skip his senior season at Missouri and enter the NBA Draft.

The junior averaged 17.5 points and 3.4 assists in his only season with the Tigers. He was voted to the All-SEC second team.

â??Itâ??s hard to find the right words to say because this coaching staff, my teammates, this school and these fans have been so incredible to me during my two years here at Mizzou,â?? Clarkson said in a statement. â??Obviously this was not an easy decision for me and my family, but it felt like the right time to take this step in my career, especially with graduation this spring. I will always cherish the memories from my time here at Mizzou and will continue to work hard to spread the Mizzou Brand as Coach Haith takes this program to the next level.â??

Clarkson, whose father is battling cancer, is scheduled to graduate from MU this spring.

"Itâ??s been a challenging few months for Jordan and his family, but I am so proud of the way he has handled adversity and has really grown, not just as a basketball player, but as a young man," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "Jordan is a young man we can all be proud of. He is set to graduate from Mizzou this spring and has embraced this university and this community. While I hate to see him go, I hope he knows he will always have a home here at Mizzou."