LSU coach: Guard Tim Quarterman leaving for NBA draft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Johnny Jones says junior guard Tim Quarterman is leaving the Tigers with one season of eligibility remaining to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-6 Quarterman started 27 games this season, averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He ranks 11th in career assists at LSU with 302 after three seasons. Quarterman also had 103 career steals.

His assists per game this season dropped from his average of 4.0 the previous season, largely because freshman forward Ben Simmons routinely handled the ball and initiated the offense.

Quarterman's final season at LSU ended in disappointment with the Tigers going 19-14 and missing the NCAA Tournament.

Jones says he's thankful to have coached Quarterman and hopes to see him realize his dreams of playing in the NBA.

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