Naz Carter, suspended from the University of Washington basketball team, ended any mystery over whether he would return on Friday by announcing his departure on social media.
Carter, a 6-foot-6 senior swingman from Rochester, New York, posted the following message on Twitter:
"After much prayer and conversation with my family, I have decided to leave the University of Washington and pursue my professional career. Coach [Mike] Hopkins and the University of Washington has brought out the best in me. For that I will forever be thankful. Forever a Husky!"
Carter, the Huskies' leading returning scorer from last season at 12.2 points per game, was removed from the team in mid-October for what the school said was a code of conduct violation without further explanation.
The Huskies opened the season without Carter this past week, losing to Baylor, UC-Riverside and Utah.
One of Hopkins' first recruits, Carter played in 98 games over his three seasons, starting all 28 he appeared in last season and one as a freshman.
He is the nephew of entertainer Jay Z.
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