Cat Barber is jumping to the NBA

North Carolina State junior Anthony "Cat" Barber is skipping his final season to pursue an NBA career.

Barber had previously indicated he would at least go through the draft evaluation process, which could allow him to potentially return to school. But team spokesman Josh Rattray said Tuesday evening that Barber has notified coach Mark Gottfried that he would remain in the draft.

Barber was the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer and a first-team all-ACC pick after averaging 23.5 points, though the Wolfpack struggled to a 16-17 record after four straight NCAA Tournament trips.

Barber's decision to remain in the draft was first reported by Pack Pride.

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