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.