Pressey to forego senior season, enter draft
APR 10, 2013 10:36a ET
"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.