Pressey to forego senior season, enter draft

Phil Pressey announced he will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.

Missouri men's basketball junior point guard Phil Pressey will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NBA Draft, Mizzou announced Wednesday morning. Pressey has signed with CAA Sports (Creative Artists Agency).

"Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult because it means I am leaving a place I love so much," Pressey said in a release. "I love my teammates, my coaches, [Missouri athletic director] Mike Alden and all of our fans, and I'm so glad I had the chance to play for Coach Haith these last two years."

Missouri coach Frank Haith was also quoted in the release.

"It's a bittersweet day, because we all care so much about Phil, but I know how much research he and his family have done, and I support that 100 percent," Haith said. "I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to coach Phil for two seasons, and he helped us win a lot of games, but more importantly, he was a great ambassador for our program."

The 5-foot-11 Dallas native finishes his college career as Mizzou's all-time leader in assists (580). He averaged career-high scoring (11.9) and assists (7) this season.

Pressey was named to the first-team all-SEC team after being tabbed the conference's preseason player of the year. He's the son of former NBA player Paul Pressey.

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