Two Nebraska juniors are heading to the NBA. Big man Walter Pitchford announced Thursday that he’s skipping his senior season, and Terran Petteway is likely going to make an announcement after the Final Four, per RealGM’s Shams Charania. Pitchford released a statement announcing his intentions (via the Lincoln Journal Star):
“I have put my past frustration of this past year aside and will do what is in my best interest in life. Basketball is my life. Moving forward, I will be pursuing my lifelong goal of playing professional basketball and will be entering into the 2015 NBA Draft.”
Pitchford, who transferred from Florida, had a rough year after a promising sophomore campaign. His numbers were down almost all across the board, especially his shooting. After shooting 47.3 percent overall and 41.0 percent from three last year, he shot 37.8 percent overall and 28.9 percent from three this season.
Petteway’s shooting numbers also came down this year. He shot 42.6 percent overall and 32.7 percent from three last season, and those marks were down to 39.6 percent and 31.3 percent, respectively, this year. His scoring average remained just about the same at just over 18 points per game.
There’s a good chance neither of these guys get drafted. Petteway is No. 98 on ESPN’s Chad Ford’s top 100 draft prospects list, and Pitchford is nowhere to be found on that list or on DraftExpress’ top 100.