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Rutgers Guard Corey Sanders to Explore NBA Draft ... Again

Rutgers rising junior guard Corey Sanders put his name in for the NBA Draft for the second time. Sanders and Rutgers announced the decision Thursday afternoon, one week after the end of the season.

Rutgers guard Corey Sanders will not hire an agent but put his name back in the NBA draft for the 2017 cycle. Sanders, who led Rutgers in scoring, assists, minutes and steals as a sophomore, has two more years of eligibility.

Sanders spoke at the end of his Big Ten tournament run about wanting to stay with Rutgers.

"I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for their support,” Sanders said. “My dream has always been to play in the NBA. I look forward to determining where I am in that journey, so that I put myself in the best position to get there.”

With no penalty for an NBA draft declaration, Sanders could use the decision to learn more about the process, gauge interest from teams and experience the workout process. Should Sanders hire an agent later in the process, he forgoes all college eligibility.

“We support Corey’s choice to enter his name into consideration for the draft,” said Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell in a statement. “The evaluation process will provide valuable information. It is in everyone’s best interest that he makes a thorough and informed decision about his future.”

Rutgers has not had a player leave early successfully in a draft since Quincy Douby in 2007. Center Hamady N'Diaye was the last drafted Rutgers player, a 2011 second-round selection by the Washington Wizards.

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