Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 16, 2015

It wasn?t a big shock to hear that Nebraska?s Terran Petteway is declaring for the draft.

?I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,? Petteway said in a statement. ?This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y?all.?

It?s a tough blow for a Cornhusker program that?s coming off a disappointing 13-18 season that saw Nebraska go 5-13 in the Big Ten to finish 12tth. This past season, Petteway topped the Huskers and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.2 points per game, while also placing among the Big Ten leaders in 3-pointers (2.2, eighth), assists (2.8, 14th) and steals (1.1, 15th) per game.

Much more was expected from Tim Miles? crew after it was the Big Ten surprise team in 2013-14 by making the NCAA tourney. Now, Nebraska will move forward with the likes of Shavon Shields and Tai Webster, as the Huskers earlier saw Tarin Smith announce he was transferring and Walter Pitchford was not returning.

?I?m happy for Terran and his family,? Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a statement. ?While I had hoped he stayed with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process. I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team.?

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