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Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie leaving for NBA

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Spencer Dinwiddie played in only 17 games last season due to an ACL injury. (USATSI)

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Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is the latest to leave school early and enter what's become a loaded 2014 NBA Draft.

The Buffaloes junior made the decision official Thursday afternoon at a press conference. He becomes the fifth CU player in history to leave school early for the NBA.

"I got a lot of interest from the league," Dinwiddie said. "Everybody likes what I bring to the table. ... It was the best for me and my future."

The 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie, who was felled by a torn left ACL in mid-January, was a focal point of Colorado's offense. Without him, the Buffaloes still pressed on and made the NCAA Tournament -- but they were most definitely not the same team without him. Dinwiddie averaged 14.7 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds prior to the injury last season.

"I have first round talent across the board," Dinwiddie said. "A lot of people are of course going to doubt my knee. "Whoever I play for is gonna get Spencer Dinwiddie, not 'Spencer Dinwiddie with a bad knee.'"

Dinwiddie is projected as a mid-to-late second-round pick.

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