Phil Pressey will forgo his final collegiate season and make himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft, according to the Missouri Athletics Communications office.
Pressey announced that today as he has signed with the agency Creative Artists Agency.
â??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,â?? Pressey said. â??I love my teammates, my coaches, Mike Alden and all of our fans, and Iâ??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.
â??Itâ??s a bittersweet day because 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,â?? head coach Frank Haith said. â??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.â??
Pressey finished his college career as Missouriâ??s all-time leader in assists with 580.
The 5-foot-11 guard also earned preseason and postseason All-SEC accolades and was named First Team All-SEC by league coaches last month.
For his career, Pressey had six career point-assists double-doubles, also a school record.