Phil Pressey, Missouri’s career assist and steals leader, will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NBA draft, the junior guard announced Wednesday.
Pressey made the announcement after signing with the agency CAA Sports.
“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. “I love my teammates, my coaches, 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. He had such a big impact on my career and because of that relationship I will help Missouri Basketball anyway I can going forward.
Pressey said he wished the Tigers could have brought home a national championship, but coming to Missouri was the best decision of his life.
“This is a special place and I will always be a Tiger,” he said.
Missouri coach Frank Haith said the day was bittersweet.
“…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 both on and off the court.”
Pressey finishes his college career as Missouri’s all-time leader in assists with 580, and broke his own single-season record this year with 240 assists.
The 5-foot-11 guard finished his career averaging 9.7 points per game in three seasons and was just 41 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
He also earned preseason and postseason All-SEC accolades and was named First Team All-SEC by the league coaches last month.
For his career Pressey had six career point-assists double-doubles, also a school record. Pressey finished his career tied with Anthony Peeler with 196 thefts.