The University of Missouri announced on Wednesday that Phil Pressey will be skipping his senior season at Mizzou and will declare for the NBA Draft. It has been reported that Pressey has signed with an agent at Creative Artists Agency, which officially means he is not eligible to return for the 2013-2014 season.
#Mizzou junior PG Phil Pressey is declaring for the NBA Draft and signing with Creative Artists Agency.
— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) April 10, 2013
Pressey averaged 11.9 points and 7 assists per game this season, and was named first-team All-SEC. Pressey will leave Mizzou as the all-time leader in assists, with 580 career assists in three years.
In a statement, 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.
“I wish we could have brought home a national championship banner, but coming to Mizzou was the best decision of my life. This is a special place and I will always be a Tiger.”
Draftexpress.com has Pressey being selected in the mid-second round, and ESPN’s Chad Ford list Pressey as the No. 81 ranked player on his big board.
Pressey’s departure at Mizzou, leaves Jabari Brown as the only returning starter for the Tigers. Mizzou’s 6th man, Earnest Ross, will also be returning for the 2013-2014 season, and the Tigers will be adding Tulsa transfer, Jordan Clarkson, who should slide into the starting lineup.