Junior point guard Phil Pressey has elected to go pro, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility, according to a press release from the Missouri Tigers. Pressey has signed with Creative Artists Agency, making him ineligible to withdraw his name from draft consideration.
"Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult because it means I am leaving a place I love so much," Pressey said in making his announcement.
Pressey, 22, averaged 11.9 PPG and 7.1 APG in the 2012/13 season. Though his shooting averages (.376/.324/.735) were all the lowest of his three-year NCAA career, he became Missouri's career leader in assists (580) and steals (196). Pressey ranks 53rd overall on Jonathan Givony's big board at DraftExpress.com and 81st on Chad Ford's at ESPN.com.