Virginia's Justin Anderson to enter NBA draft
"I have decided to leave the University of Virginia and enter the 2015 NBA Draft," Anderson said in a statement. "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."
Anderson averaged 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers as a junior. He missed eight games late in the season due to a fractured pinkie and an appendectomy.
Anderson is expected by many to be a late first-round pick in June's draft.
SI.com's Seth Davis named Virginia his No. 1 team entering the 2015-16 season prior to Anderson's reported departure. Even without Anderson, the Cavaliers return eight of their top 10 scorers to a team that finished 30–4 and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Virginia has not produced a first-round draft pick since Cory Alexander was selected No. 29 in 1995.
- Alex Putterman