Jay Edwards, the Big Ten player of the year, told Indiana University Wednesday he is passing up his final two years of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.
He felt he "had nothing more to accomplish," assistant athletic director Steve Downing said.The 6-foot-4 sophomore, a second-team All-American, averaged 20 points a game and led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten title.
The only other Indiana underclassman to leave early to play professional basketball during Bob Knight's 18 years as coach was Isiah Thomas. He departed eight years ago after leading Indiana to the second of its three NCAA championships under Knight.
George McGinnis also left Indiana after his sophomore season, a year before Knight became coach.
Knight, in a statement released by the sports information office, said: "I wish Jay the very best and hope his decision works out well for him."
Edwards, who also was the Big Ten freshman of the year in 1988, had a two-year average of about 18 points a game.