April 24, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor's Quincy Miller, the 2012 Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year, has decided to declare for the 2012 NBA Draft and forgo his final three years of eligibility, head coach Scott Drew announced Tuesday.
Miller's decision comes two weeks after the Chicago, Ill., native initially decided to return to Baylor for his sophomore season.
"In the days following his initial announcement to return to Baylor for his sophomore season," Drew said, "we were able to gather more information and Quincy was able to reflect on his decision with his family.
"After receiving the full support of the coaching staff, Quincy thought it was in his and his family's best interest to declare for the 2012 NBA Draft," Drew said. "Baylor Nation thanks Quincy for providing us with an outstanding season to remember and we will miss his out-going personality."
Miller became the first Baylor player to earn conference freshman of the year honors since 1995, when Brian Skinner was the Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year. The Chicago, Ill., product averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 37 games, making 35 starts. In addition to Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year honors from the league coaches, Miller was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year by Sporting News. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and a unanimous Big 12 All-Rookie choice by the league coaches.
Miller joins Baylor teammate Perry Jones III, who declared earlier this month for the NBA Draft.
Baylor finished the 2011-12 season with a school-record 30 wins and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in three seasons.
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MILLER 2011-2012 HONORS
Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year (Sporting News)
All-Big 12, honorable mention (coaches)
Big 12 All-Rookie (coaches)
Big 12 All-Freshman (Waco Tribune-Herald)