Northern Illinois' Anderson Enters NBA Draft

DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois sophomore guard Darion "Jake" Anderson has decided to make himself eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft. Anderson will not hire an agent, leaving the possibility of returning to the Huskies next season.

"Obviously, we support Jake's decision to weigh his options, and his desire to be a part of this process," said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. "It will be a great opportunity for him to continue to mature as a basketball player and a chance for him to further develop as a team leader. Ultimately, this process will benefit both Jake and the Northern Illinois men's basketball program, as we look forward to the 2009-10 season."

Darion Anderson averaged a team-leading 16.9 points to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season, and was named to the All-Mid-American Conference second-team. He was tabbed the MAC Freshman of the Year at the conclusion of the 2007-08 campaign.

"After meeting with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA Draft," Anderson said. "I am confident that this experience will help me learn more about what my strengths and weaknesses are; but more importantly, become a better college player.

"I will not be hiring an agent, in order to preserve my college eligibility. If things don't work out, I plan to return to the program, and hope I will be welcomed back by everyone."

The NBA Draft will take place June 25. Underclassmen have until June 15 to withdraw their name from the draft and retain their eligibility.

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