Four days after Syracuse lost in the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament, star point guard Michael Carter-Williams has decided to enter the NBA draft.
''I want to thank coach (Jim) Boeheim and all the coaches for the amazing experience I've had playing basketball at Syracuse,'' Carter-Williams said in a statement Wednesday. ''I also want to thank my current and past teammates because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be able to chase my lifelong dreams.
''In addition, the fans, who have been unbelievable from the moment I got here, I'll always be a proud member of the Syracuse program.''
The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams started all 40 games for the Orange this season. He finished fifth nationally in assist average (7.3) and fourth in steals (2.78) among Division I players, and also averaged 11.9 points and a team-best 35.2 minutes.
His star rose greatly in the postseason as he led Syracuse on a scintillating run after an ...