Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Oklahoma Sooners junior forward Amath M'Baye
announced that he will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.
M'Baye, a native of France, averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds this season
en route to earning third-team All-Big 12 honors.
The 6-foot-9 M'Baye, who announced that he plans to hire an agent, spent two
seasons with Wyoming (2009-11), before transferring to Oklahoma.
"My time at OU has been great," said M'Baye. "I'm 23 years old. My goal when I
came to the United States was to take care of business in the classroom and by
the time I was 23 to have a degree in my pocket. Now that I'm graduating in
May, it's time for me to start taking care of my family the way they've taken
care of me for so long.
"It's a tough process of saying goodbye to everybody because I love everyone
here," he continued. "The coaches did an amazing job with me and with this
team in general. Everyone was great here and I had an amazing time. I want to
be able to come back down the road and help the program however I can, because
it's given me a lot."
M'Baye came to the United States in 2008 and played one year at Stoneridge
Prep in Simi Valley, CA.
"Amath has been a terrific ambassador for the University of Oklahoma, both on
the court and in the classroom," said OU head coach Lon Kruger. "We appreciate
his many contributions and wish him nothing but great success in the future.
"We'll now turn our attention to spring workouts," Kruger continued. "The
returning players and our incoming recruits are really excited about next
season. Amath's contributions to this year's team enhanced the foundation of
our program, and we have a great and motivated young group of guys who will
look to build on the success of this year's squad."
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