Xavier guard Sumner to declare for NBA Draft

Xavier's injured player Edmond Sumner watches his teammates during practice Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Jose, Calif., in preparation for an NCAA Tournament college basketball regional semifinal game. Xavier faces Arizona on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Xavier guard Edmond Sumner will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and will enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft, he announced on social media Tuesday.

In his two seasons with the Musketeers, Sumner averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. He was second on the team in scoring this past season with 15.0 ppg and was averaging 5.0 assists per game.

The Detroit native tore his ACL against St. John’s in late January and missed the rest of the season. He had surgery March 1.

Sumner said in his Twitter post:

"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 have 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 options 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 believing 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!"

According to Rick Broering of, Sumner will hire an agent and if he does he will not be allowed to pull his name from the Draft.

Broering, Digital Sports Columnist/Editor Richard Skinner and Chad Brendel discussed the possibility of Sumner entering the NBA Draft on the most recent Skinny Hoops Podcast on Monday.

“I want to thank Edmond for his efforts over the past 3 years,” said Xavier head coach Chris Mack, per a press release from the school. “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.”

Junior forward Trevon Bluiett may also declare for the NBA Draft as well.

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