Vanderbilt sophomore Wade Baldwin IV is going pro.
The 6-foot-3 guard told the school he will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the 2016 NBA Draft, the school announced in a press release.
“After careful consideration and discussion of my options with my family and coaches, and soul-searching within myself, I have decided to part ways with one of the finest institutions in the world, a legendary gymnasium, a great group of teammates, and my dedicated coaching staff, and officially declare for the 2016 NBA Draft,” Baldwin said in the release.
“I want to thank Vanderbilt University for giving me the opportunity to do what I love on the court, and for providing me with a world class education,” Baldwin said. “I intend to finish this semester at Vanderbilt.
Baldwin averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 assists and four rebounds for the Commodores this season. He was arguably the most talented player on Vanderbilt’s loaded roster last season and is projected as a first round pick by DraftExpress.com.
“To my teammates, despite our hard work and dedication, we didn’t achieve all of our goals on the court during the past two seasons, but we grew together as friends and teammates,” Baldwin said. “You helped me become a better player and a better person. I never want to let you guys down, so leaving you all hurts the most.”
There will already be a lot of turnover in Nashville next season, as coach Kevin Stallings left to take the head coaching job at Pittsburgh last week. Reportedly-hired replacement Bryce Drew will be tasked with replacing a versatile player in Baldwin during his first season. Vandy also must replace junior center Damian Jones, who decided he would go pro last October.