Guard to pass on senior season

Updated: April 14, 2005, 8:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana guard Bracey Wright said Wednesday he will forgo his senior year and enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-3 junior led the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 18.3 points as the Hoosiers finished 15-14 and missed the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. He ends his career 15th on Indiana's all-time scoring list with 1,498 points.

"I am excited about the possibility of playing in the NBA, and it has always been a dream of mine," Wright said in a statement.

Wright said he would hire an agent at the end of the semester.

"I wanted to complete my coursework," he said. "I expect to finish that soon, and at that time I will then turn my focus towards the NBA draft and pre-draft camps."

Indiana coach Mike Davis called it a "great opportunity" for Wright, a 2002 McDonald's high school All-American from The Colony, Texas.

"Bracey has a lot of talent and will be a terrific professional player," Davis said. "We are going to miss him here at Indiana, but at the same time, we are excited about the players who are here and the newcomers next season."

Wright was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, when he scored at least 20 points in 10 games. He had three games with 30 or more points, including a season-high 32 points in an overtime victory over Michigan State.

He is the first Indiana player to win the Big Ten scoring title since A.J. Guyton in 2000. The NBA draft is June 28.


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