Xavier's Edmond Sumner declares for NBA Draft

Xavier's Edmond Sumner declares for NBA Draft

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Xavier's Edmond Sumner has declared for the NBA Draft, according to his Twitter page.

The sophomore guard tweeted a letter to fans saying, "First, let me start by saying these three years at Xavier have been the best of my life.  I have certainly been presented with some ups and downs but they only served to make me a stronger person.  This decision was very hard for me because of the love I have for X.  

After weighing my option with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

I want to thank Coach Mack and the rest of the staff for believed in me and giving me a chance when no one did! I'll always be grateful for that.

Xavier Nation I will always love you!"

Sumner will sign with an agent, a source told FOX19 NOW.

"I want to thank Edmond for his efforts over the past 3 years," head coach Chris Mack said in a statement.  "He will forever be a part of the Xavier family. We wish him all the success in the world throughout his rehabilitation and comeback as he prepares for a pro career."

Sumner was averaging 15 points, 5 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in late January.

"For a little insight for the fans of my decision.  The return time table of my injury was a too big of IF I return at this date I'll be fine," Sumner said in a follow up post.

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