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Weber State’s Damian Lillard officially enters the draft

Damian Lillard

Weber State’s Damian Lillard (1) dribbles down court against California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Two weeks ago it was reported that Damian Lillard was leaving Weber State and entering the draft. The following day, news outlets received word that he was still considering his options. Today it’s official. The only All-American in the 40-year history of the Big Sky conference is headed to the next level.

“I’d like to thank my teammates who have supported me from day one,” Lillard said. “I’m glad I spent my last four years here,” he said. “After the season, I took time to think about everything. After talking with coach Rahe and my family, I decided to declare myself eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.”

Lillard, who helped lead the Wildcats to a 25-7 record this season, was the nation’s second-leading scorer with an average of 24.5 points per game. He scored 30 or more eight times, making 41% of his 3-pointers and 89% of his free throws. He also led his team in assists and steals, and was 2nd in rebounding.

Most mock drafts project him as a mid-1st rounder.