KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — University of Kansas (KU) freshman guard Gradey Dick declared for the NBA Draft.
He made the announcement during a live appearance on ESPN’s NBA Today.
“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft,” Dick said on the show.
Before announcing his decision, Dick had a special message for his close friends and the other people who have been with him during high school and his single season at the University of Kansas.
“My family and God. my three siblings, Brodey, Kelsey, and Riley. My mom and my dad been with me every step of the way and really made me the person I am today and the player I am today. With God anything’s possible. My goal is to just glorify him in everything I do,” Dick said.
He also had a message for fans of the Jayhawks who supported him from Allen Fieldhouse to the NCAA Tournament.
“As a kid from Kansas, I have fulfilled my goal of praying at my dream college. I cannot thank Jayhawk Nation enough for the love and support you have shown to me and my family. I will always have Kansas in my heart but I now have to chase the ultimate dream that I have had since I first started playing ball,” Dick said in a statement on social media.
Dick came to Kansas as a five-star recruit and ranked No. 14 in ESPN’s top 100.
During his one season in a Jayhawk uniform, Dick averaged 14.1 points per game and hit 83 3-pointers. He also recorded his first double-double as a Jayhawk in the NCAA Tournament game against Howard. It was the first double-double by a Kansas freshman in the NCAA Tournament since Josh Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Oregon in 2017.