SYRACUSE — Syracuse star forward Elijah Hughes has decided to enter his name in the NBA draft process.
He announced the decision on Twitter on Saturday.
“I want to thank my family, close friends, teammates throughout the years, and coaching staff for supporting me throughout my basketball career,” Hughes said in the tweet. “I cannot thank the Syracuse community and fans enough for embracing me and making me feel welcomed and comfortable. You guys believed in me from the jump and I will be forever thankful for that. I plan to enter the NBA Draft process and try and fulfill my childhood dream. I would like to personally thank Coach (Jim) Boeheim for believing in me. Thank you for everything and I will always BLEED ORANGE.”
Hughes, a redshirt junior for the Orange, was the ACC’s leading scorer this past season, averaging 19.0 points per game. He scored in double figures for SU in 30 of their 32 games, with his season high of 33 points coming on the road against Georgia Tech on Dec. 7.
In his last game for the Orange in the second round of the ACC Tournament, Hughes scored a game-high 27 points and had eight rebounds.
Hughes transferred to the Orange after spending one season with East Carolina. He has not signed with an agent yet, making him able to come back to the Orange for his senior season.