Purdue guard Jaden Ivey announces decision to enter 2022 NBA Draft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue star Jaden Ivey had a big decision looming over his shoulder for the duration of the 2021-22 college basketball season. The second-year guard announced Thursday that his next step is to play in the NBA.

Ivey is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft.

“First of all I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play basketball,” Ivey wrote via social media. “He gave me the passion, confidence and motivation to pursue my dream.

“To my support system, my family – thank you for loving me and supporting me through all the challenges and adversities I’ve endured throughout my college basketball career. I wouldn’t be the man what I am today without your guidance, your wisdom and your love.”

Ivey, a native of South Bend, Indiana, joined the Boilermakers as a rookie for the 2020-21 season. He had a great freshman campaign, averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while also contributing 17 steals and 16 blocked shots in just 23 games played.

Ivey earned All-Big Ten Freshman team accolades for his success on the field and was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week during the season.

The 6ft 4in fullback took part in the FIBA ​​U19 World Cup in Latvia over the summer, competing for Team USA and helping the group to a gold medal. He averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes throughout the event.

Ivey’s international experience propelled him into his second year at Purdue, earning first-team All-Big Ten and consensus second-team All-America honors that season.

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Ivey was the fourth consensus All-American under head coach Matt Painter, joining JaJuan Johnson, Caleb Swanigan and Carsen Edwards.

“To my teammates, thank you for making the past two years unforgettable,” Ivey continued. “Every day we went to war, competed and gave it our all on the pitch. I’m so grateful to have been part of something special.

“To Coach Painter, thank you for giving a kid from South Bend the chance to come and play for your program. You not only helped me become a better player, but a better person to know someone like you.”

Leading the Boilermakers to a 29-8 overall record and a Sweet 16 appearance for the fourth time in five NCAA tournaments, Ivey recorded 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while adding 33 interceptions and 20 blocked shots.

Ivey was one of only two players in the nation with 600 points, 175 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocked shots, joining Duke’s Paolo Banchero.

“For Boiler Nation, you made every game special,” Ivey wrote. “You made every game special. Thank you for all of your support. That being said, I will be entering my name in the 2022 NBA Draft.

“It’s been a dream of my life and I’m beyond excited for this journey.”

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