June 9, 2020 –
In April Saddiq Bey filed to be in the 2020 NBA Draft. He would use the next few months to contemplate his decision, then decide to return to Villanova or remain in the draft. It was announced today the Bey will stay in the draft and forego his final two years of eligibility on the Main Line.
“I thought a lot about my decision to enter the NBA Draft and specifically how that would impact my coaching staff, teammates and professors,” said Bey. “Villanova has the greatest fans in the world and I will miss playing in front of them next year. While I will always be a Wildcat, I have decided to stay in the NBA draft in pursuit of playing in the NBA.”
Bey was named the winner of the Julius Erving Award winner as the nation’s top small forward. He helped the team to get a share of the Big East regular season title. He averaged 16.1 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds. Bey started all 31 games. The forward made 45.1 percent of his three-point shots ranking fourht in the nation. Bey was named the Philadelphia Big Five Payer of the Year and was a unanimous All-Big East first team selection.
Bey feels it is time to make the move, and it is the right decision. He has support of Coach Jay Wright and the school.
“Saddiq is making the right decision,” Wright said. “He is ready to be an outstanding player, teammate, and leader in the NBA. The entire Villanova Basketball and University community supports Saddiq’s decision and anticipates following his promising NBA career.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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