Virginia junior guard Justin Anderson declares for 2015 NBA Draft
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia guard Justin Anderson announced on Monday that he will forego his final season of eligibility at Virginia and enter the 2015 NBA Draft. The draft will be held on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I have decided to leave the University of Virginia and enter the 2015 NBA Draft,” Anderson said. “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NBA and I’ve had an incredible experience here at UVa. It’s really difficult to say goodbye, but I feel I’m ready to make the next step in my basketball career at the professional level.”
Anderson played in 98 games with 45 starts in his career at UVa. He averaged 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds, and shot 43 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line. He helped lead Virginia to 83 wins, two NCAA tournaments, two ACC regular-season titles and its second ACC Tournament championship in school history during his three seasons.
“As a kid growing up in Virginia, it was important to me to play collegiately in my home state and make UVa one of the premier programs in the ACC and in all of college basketball. I want to thank Coach Bennett and his staff for giving me the opportunity to play here. I also want thank my teammates, university administration and my professors for three amazing years.”
Anderson averaged career highs in points (12.2), rebounds (4.0), 3-point shooting (45.2 percent) and minutes (27.8) in 2014-15, helping lead the Cavaliers to a school record-tying 30 wins, ACC regular season championship and NCAA third round appearance. Anderson was named to the NABC All-America Third Team and All-ACC Second Team (coaches and media) and was a finalist for the Julius Erving Award. Anderson was leading the ACC in 3-point shooting at 48.2 percent prior to missing the last eight games of the regular season with a broken hand and appendectomy.