Taking the Next Step

We all saw it coming, and it finally happend on Monday when Syracuse guard Dion Waiters officially declared for the NBA Draft.

Dion Waiters' college career has come to an end. The sophomore superstar has decided to enter the upcoming NBA Draft, the school announced on Monday.

Waiters, who was named to the All-Big-East Third team as well as selected as the conference's Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-12, averaged 12.6 points per game to go along with about two rebounds, assists and steals despite coming off the SU bench.

He notched a career-high 28 points on March 9 against Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament, a game in which he hit 7 of 10 three-pointers.

Waiters took to Twitter soon after the news broke.

"I just want to thank everybody who supported me my two years at Syracuse I appreciate the love y'all showed towards me I will miss y'all," said Waiters.

Here's the full release from SU Athletics:

"I've decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional basketball player by entering my name in the NBA Draft this spring. I plan on signing with an agent.

"I want to thank my coaches and my teammates. I've had an amazing experience at Syracuse University.

"I also want to thank all the Syracuse basketball fans. They are the best in college basketball."

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