University of Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb will enter the NBA Draft, according to The Hartford Courant.
“It was a difficult decision, but after much prayer and discussion with my parents, I feel that it’s in the best interest of me and my family to declare myself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball,” Lamb said in a statement released by the school. “I have very much enjoyed my two years at UConn, especially getting to experience one of the greatest feelings that a college player can have, winning the national championship.”
Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun released a statement congratulating Lamb, but also said that it will be difficult to adjust to him being gone.
“It’s never easy to lose a great player from your program, but Jeremy has a unique opportunity that he needs to take advantage of,” Calhoun said in a statement. “He’s been a great kid to coach for the past two years … his teams have won 52 games, been to two NCAA Tournaments, and won a national championship. I look forward to him developing into a terrific player in the NBA and secondly, as he’s promised me, to come back and finish his degree.”
Last season Lamb started every game for the Huskies and averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. During his career with the school he scored 1,060 points in just two seasons, ranking him 42nd in the school’s history. He will also becomes the 14th UConn player under Calhoun to leave school early and enter the NBA Draft.