Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) - Oregon State junior guard Jared Cunningham
will forego his senior season and enter the 2012 NBA Draft, the school
"This was a very difficult decision," Cunningham said. "But I felt like I had
to do what was best for me and my future. My dream has always been to play in
the NBA and I'm ready to pursue that dream."
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 17.9 points per game during his junior season,
while receiving All-Pac-12 First Team honors and setting a school record for
most steals in a season with 91.
"To be considered as a potential professional is every kid's dream," remarked
Beavers head coach Craig Robinson. "We support him whole-heartedly. He won't
be here very long, but he is welcome to come back here and work out with us
anytime he wants."
Cunningham finished his Beaver career 13th all-time in scoring (1,271) and
second in steals (219) and looks to become the first Oregon State player
selected in the NBA Draft since Corey Benjamin was selected 28th overall by
the Chicago Bulls in 1998.
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