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Syracuse’s Jerami Grant Entering NBA Draft

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange blocks a shot by Shayne Whittington #21 of the Western Michigan Broncos during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange blocks a shot by Shayne Whittington #21 of the Western Michigan Broncos during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant is entering the NBA draft, becoming the second Orange starter in less than three weeks to announce he’s going pro.

The Syracuse athletic department released a statement from Grant on Monday saying he decided to enter the 2014 NBA draft after discussions with his family and coaches.

The 6-foot-8 Grant started 20 of 32 games for the Orange this season, averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds. He helped Syracuse start the season 25-0 and attain a No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll before the Orange were eliminated from the NCAA tournament in a loss to Dayton in the South Regional.

Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis announced on March 27 that he was entering the NBA draft.

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