Xavier’s Edmond Sumner will declare for 2017 NBA Draft

Edmond Sumner (4) was second on the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg., including a team-high 16.9 ppg. in Big East play. (Photo : Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Courtesy of GoXavier.com

CINCINNATI — Xavier University redshirt sophomore guard Edmond Sumner announced today that he is declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft.

“I want to thank Edmond for his efforts over the past 3 years,” said Xavier head coach Chris Mack.  “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 announced his decision this afternoon on Twitter:  “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!”

Sumner, a preseason First Team All-BIG EAST selection by the league coaches, led Xavier in assists at 5.0 apg. this season before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 29 vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. Sumner was second on the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg., including a team-high 16.9 ppg. in BIG EAST play.

Sumner earned 2015-16 freshman All-American honors from CollegeInsider.com in addition to being a unanimous selection by the league coaches to the BIG EAST Conference All-Freshman Team.

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