Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Dewayne Dedmon, a 7-foot center from Lancaster who had one year of eligibility left at USC, decided Wednesday to declare for the NBA draft. In a quote released by USC, Dedmon said, "It's just my time to chase my dream and go to the NBA. I had a great time at USC and it was a good experience. I had some ups and downs and learned a lot and believe it is best for me to turn professional at this time. I wish USC, new Coach Andy Enfield and all my teammates all the best moving forward." Dedmon and senior James Blasczyk were suspended for USCs final game a loss to Utah in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament and they were charged with second-degree assault from an incident that took place during the Trojans final regular-season road trip in Spokane, Wash. Enfield, who is out of town recruiting, did not immediately respond to Dedmon's decision. -Diane Pucin
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