Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie is leaving his "second home."
After thanking the city of Boulder, his teammates, and coaches, the Buffs' point guard took a deep breath before saying he would be skipping his senior season to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. Dinwiddie has been projected by many NBA sources as a second-round pick, and some draft analysts believe Dinwiddie will not be selected on draft night.
"I do understand that it may not end up being the most glamorous draft night for me," said Dinwiddie. "It could be something that Buff fans look on and aren't happy with. But I felt like it was the best thing for me to do in terms of my future."
Despite his ACL injury, Dinwiddie received the news that his timetable for recovery should put him at full capacity on August 1st. The fact that Dinwiddie's recovery is expected to take only seven months (rather than the typical eight-to-ten months) gave Spencer the confidence he needed to commit to an NBA career. His decision to turn pro was made shortly after a visit with his doctors, which was in the days leading up to Dinwiddie's press conference.
"I shouldn't be viewed as an injured player," said Dinwiddie. "I should be looked at as 'pre-injury.' (NBA teams) are going to get a guy who is going to work hard. They are going to get 'Spencer Dinwiddie' and not 'Spencer Dinwiddie with a bad knee.'"
Even though his draft prospects are not what they were before the ACL tear, Buffs head coach Tad Boyle said he wasn't going to second-guess the choice.
"When you come to decisions like this, it's such a personal decision," said Boyle. "It's easy for the outside world, to look at the decision he's making and cast judgment. It's his decision. I respect it, and we're going to support him every step of the way. He'll always be a Buff and he's part of this family forever."
"If this is what he thinks is best, and he believes that, then we are going to support him."
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