Texas A&M junior forward Chinemelu Elonu, widely expected to withdraw from the NBA draft, stunned the Aggies by deciding Monday to forgo his senior season.
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon confirmed Elonuís decision to ESPN.com on Monday afternoon, an hour before the 5 p.m. ET deadline to withdraw.
Turgeon said the 6-foot-10 Elonu, who had outperformed expectations in predraft workouts, told him it was time to move on. Elonu graduated in May. But, according to Turgeon, losing Elonu is a "big hole" to fill for next season.
The Aggies were already losing senior guard Josh Carter (13.8 ppg) off a 24-10 team that beat BYU in the first round of the NCAA tournament and lost to Connecticut in the second round.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.