Nebraska junior forward Terran Petteway announced today that he will declare for the 2015 NBA draft. Petteway made the following statement as released by the Nebraska athletic department:
"I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years," Petteway said. "This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y'all."
"I'm happy for Terran and his family," Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. "While I had hoped he stayed with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process. I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team."
A two-time All-Big Ten performer at Nebraska, Petteway earned first-team honors in 2013-14 and third-team accolades this past season. He started every game for the Huskers over the last two seasons and ranks 20th on Nebraska's career scoring list with 1,143 points. Petteway joined Dave Hoppen as the only two players in program history to score 1,000 points in their first two seasons at Nebraska.
Petteway put together one of the best sophomore seasons in school history in 2013-14, leading Nebraska to 19 wins and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. He averaged a Big Ten-leading 18.1 points per game along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, as he was second on the team in assists and rebounding.
This move has been expected for some time and was delayed by the sad news of his mother's death. No doubt, this difficult season hurt Terran's draft stock, but he is projected as high as 35 (nbadraft.net) and his talent is undeniable. His presence certainly helped "Vault" (pun intended) the new Husker facilities at Pinnacle Bank Arena into the upper level of venues.
Between graduations (Abraham, Kurkowski, Menke, Rivers and L. Smith), transfers (T. Smith), and now early draft departures (W. Pitchford, T. Petteway) is seems certain that Nebrasketball will look very different than it did this year. Only time will tell if that turns out to be a good thing or not.
Best of luck at the next level TP! We here at Cornnation wish you well.