N.C. State point guard Cat Barber will put his name into the NBA Draft and sign with an agent.
The Wolfpack junior told Pack Nation in a text message about his decision to move on.
“I feel like it’s time for me to move on and take my game to the next level,” he wrote. “I want to be able to provide for my family. I enjoyed my time at NC State. I want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunity. Most importantly I want to thank my teammates and the fans. I want everyone to know I gave it 100% every night. I will forever be a part of WPN.”
Barber could have elected to not sign with an agent and worked out for NBA teams and attend the NBA Combine before deciding to stay in or withdraw from the draft while retaining his eligibility under new NCAA legislation. Initially, that appeared to be his plan, but instead, he’s charging forward to the professional ranks.
Barber had a tremendous junior season for N.C. State, averaging 23.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 boards, but he’s projected as a mid-to-late second round pick.