Brandon Costner, N.C. State's leading scorer this season, will not return to the basketball team for the 2009-10 season, N.C. State announced today. Reserve guard Trevor Ferguson also will forgo his final season of eligibility.
Costner, a fourth-year junior, will graduate in May and go through the NBA draft process. The forward averaged 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 30 starts this past season.
"I just feel like it is time to move on and pursue my dreams of playing professionally," Costner said in a statement released by the school.
State will also free up another scholarship with Ferguson's decision. Ferguson, a reserve guard, will earn his degree in the summer and move on with life, according to a statement provided by N.C. State on its Web site.
Ferguson, a junior who started his career at Pittsburgh in 2005, appeared in 19 games, with eight starts, and averaged 5.5 points per game.