Davidson guard Stephen Curry is leaving the school with one season of eligibility remaining to enter the NBA draft. Curry, the nation's leading scorer, announced today that he will hire an agent, and therefore, will not be allowed to return to play at Davidson.
A few hours later, North Carolina junior guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington also announced they would declare for the NBA draft. Since both players entered their names into the draft after their sophomore seasons as well, they too will no longer be eligible to play collegiate basketball.
Under NCAA rules, players may enter their names into the draft as underclassmen and still return to college the following year, provided they pull out of the draft without having any contact with an agent. However, once a player enters their name into the draft a second time, they are no longer eligible to play college ball.
Lawson and Ellington returned to Chapel Hill this season and led North Carolina to a national championship. Lawson was the ACC player of the year and a second team All-American. Ellington was named most outstanding player of the Final Four and ranked third on the team in scoring, behind Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough.
Curry, who may have had a shot at breaking Pete Maravich's NCAA Division I career scoring record next season, decided to leave college after three seasons and enter the professional ranks. Curry averaged 28.6 points per game and tallied 30 or more points in 15 games this season.
April 23, 2009; 4:26 PM ET
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