Illinois’ Meyers Leonard to Enter NBA Draft
Illinois sophomore center Meyers Leonard has declared for the NBA draft and will forego his final two collegiate seasons, the school announced on Monday.
“This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois,” Leonard said in a statement. “But I feel the timing is right for me to follow my dream of playing in the NBA and having the opportunity to provide for my mom and family. I want to thank everyone in the Illini program for their support these past two years. It starts with coach (Bruce) Weber, who has always believed in me. He taught me so much about the game of basketball and helped me mature as both a player and a person.