USF guard Antonio Kellogg has decided to leave the program in order to pursue a professional basketball career, the school announced Thursday. Kellogg, who averaged a West Coast Conference-leading 17.3 points per game, missed the deadline to apply for the NBA draft, but could sign with a team as a free agent or play in another domestic league or overseas.
“I feel that it is [in] my best interests to move into a pro career and support my family,” Kellogg said in a school-issued press release. “I really enjoyed my time at the University of San Francisco, but right now, I feel that this is the proper path for me.”
Dons coach Jessie Evans said he and Kellogg, who was dismissed from Connecticut as a freshman, had discussed the possibility of the junior-to-be leaving the school over the past week.
“He’s someone that will be missed and he gaveeverything he had for us out there on the floor,” Evans said. “Certainly, I want what’s best for him and he thinks this is what’s best for him and I support it.”
The McClymonds High School of Oakland graduate averaged 15.2 points 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 28 games overall in his first season at USF. Kellogg sat out three games last season to concentrate on academics and athletic director Debra Gore-Mann said in the press release that he is NCAA-eligible.