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Virginia's Justin Anderson to enter NBA draft

Virginia guard Justin Anderson will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft

Virginia guard Justin Anderson will declare for the NBA Draft, the school announced Monday.

The news was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, and later confirmed by and ESPN.

"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.

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Anderson is expected by many to be a late first-round pick in June's draft.'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.

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Virginia has not produced a first-round draft pick since Cory Alexander was selected No. 29 in 1995.

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