Orange's Dion Waiters off to NBA

Updated: March 26, 2012, 10:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Syracuse Orange sophomore guard Dion Waiters has elected to enter the NBA draft and intends to sign with an agent.

"I've decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional basketball player by entering my name in the NBA Draft this spring," Waiters said in a statement issued by the university. "I plan on signing with an agent."

Waiters averaged 12.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds for the Orange, who lost 77-70 to Ohio State in the Elite Eight.

Buoyed by Waiters, Syracuse weathered a tumultuous season that saw one assistant coach get fired amid sexual abuse allegations, the school self report possible violations of a self-imposed drug policy, and two suspensions for center Fab Melo.

Despite the off-court problems, the Orange (34-3) earned a No. 1 seed in the East Region and Waiters left the New York campus with fond memories.

"I've had an amazing experience at Syracuse University," Waiters said.