Lamb leaving UConn for NBA

UConn sophomore Jeremy Lamb is foregoing his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2012 NBA draft.

Lamb, a 6-foot-5 guard, announced his plans today in a school press release.

"I have learned a lot, both on and off the basketball court as well as in the classroom, and I feel as if I'm ready to take the next step in my basketball career," Lamb said. "I intend to successfully complete the current semester academically as I get prepared for the draft

He's projected to be a late lottery pick.

The news comes as no surprise. Lamb strongly considered leaving after helping the Huskies win a national championship in 2011.

Lamb elevated his draft stock during his sophomore season, earning All-Big East first team and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American honors. He led the Huskies in scoring at 17.7 points per game and averaged 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals.

He's the 14th UConn player under Calhoun to leave early for the NBA.

"First, I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play this great game," Lamb said. "I want to thank Coach Calhoun for giving me the opportunity to play at UConn and I want to thank the entire coaching staff and all my teammates for helping me improve enough to hopefully be successful at the next level.

"I am proud that I will always be part of the Connecticut basketball family."

Lamb promised to return to UConn to complete his degree, according to coach Jim Calhoun.

"It's never easy to lose a great player from your program, but Jeremy has a unique opportunity that he needs to take advantage of," Calhoun said.

UConn freshman Andre Drummond is still contemplating his future. He has until April 29 to make a decision.

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