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Tyrell Terry to turn pro, keeps name in NBA draft pool

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Terry announced his decision to enter the 2020 NBA Draft months ago, and reaffirmed his decision last week

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The miraculous freshman season that was, will be his only season with the Stanford Cardinal as guard Tyrell Terry has announced his decision to keep his name in the 2020 NBA Draft pool, and will turn pro after just one season with the Cardinal.

Terry, who wrote a letter of his own to Cardinal nation, addressed the current issues at hand but still stated that he is on his way to the next step, chasing his dream.

Stanford was always one of my dream schools growing up. This was one of the reasons I committed to Coach Haase and Stanford as soon as I could, and I experienced tremendous growth as a young man and a young player because of that decision. After one incredible year at Stanford, I have decided to chase my dream of playing in the NBA by keeping my name in the draft this year.

I cannot thank Coach Haase and the rest of the coaching staff enough for trusting and believing in me from the start. For their selflessness and encouragement. For their help in transforming me from who I was when I first stepped on campus, to who I am now.

To my teammates, you guys are some of the best friends I have ever had in my life. To be able to share triumphs and hardships within the brotherhood we developed is something I will always cherish.

I knew Stanford was a special place, but I truly didn’t know the extent of it until I experienced it. The support I was offered is world class – from my professors, to my classmates and the 6th Man - I am proud to have worn the name on my jersey this season. Graduating remains in my future, I am committed to earning my degree.

I am ready to take this next step in my life and playing career, but it couldn’t have been done without the support of my family, friends, and Cardinal Nation. I have been blessed with this opportunity because of your support. For that, I am extremely grateful.

Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. Thank you!

Terry was named a Freshman All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He show 40.8% from three-point range, ranking sixth-best in the Pac-12 and ended his freshman season third on the all-time list in total points (454) in Stanford history.

He was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, All-Pac-12 Freshman Team member, Stanford Block “S” Outstanding Freshman Award winner and a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week recipient.

He’s been mocked as high as 22nd overall to the Philadelphia 76ers as of late, according to a mock draft from Sports Illustrated.

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, many thought he may return to Stanford as he’d be unable to work out in person for any NBA teams and would be ultra-reliant upon his one season’s worth of game action from Stanford.

Still, due to his ‘intelligence, attitude and game,’ Terry is widely seen as a top developmental prospect for this crop, and should ultimately be a strong contributor at the next level.

We wish you the best, Tyrell. Thanks for the one fabolous year!

Go Card!