After twice missing time last season due to eligibility issues, Syracuse center Fab Melo decided to enter the NBA draft.
"Being able to play professional basketball has been my dream since I first (started) playing this game and now I have the opportunity to accomplish that dream," Melo said in a statement announcing the decision.
The 7-foot sophomore led the Big East in blocks per game after averaging 3.35, helping him earn the conference's defensive player of the year award.
Melo, who started the Big East season with 10 blocks against Seton Hall, also averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse.
But Melo was ruled ineligible for the NCAA Tournament just before the tourney began. The infraction was tied to the one that caused him to miss three games in January for what was an academic issue, according to reports.
The top-seeded Orange fell to Ohio State in the East regional final.
Melo thanked coach Jim Boeheim and his staff for their help during his brief stay with Syracuse.
"Coach Boeheim and the rest of the Syracuse staff have helped me develop as a player and as a man, and I will always be appreciative for what they've done for me," Melo said in his statement.