Northern Illinois junior guard Jake Anderson will graduate in May and will not return to the Huskies, NIU confirmed Wednesday morning.
"We would like to thank Jake for his contributions to the NIU basketball program, and congratulate him on earning his degree from NIU,” coach Ricardo Patton said in a news release. “We wish him nothing but the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Patton was on the road recruiting Wednesday and did not return a message seeking further comment. Anderson also did not return a message seeking comment.
Anderson, who tested the NBA draft waters after his redshirt sophomore season before deciding to pull his name from consideration, will not return to the Huskies for what would have been his redshirt senior season.
The 2007-08 MAC Freshman of the Year did not take the step forward that some thought he might this season. He averaged a career-low 10.6 points a game, shot a career-low 39.9 percent from the field and saw his three-point field goal percentage fall almost a full 17 points from 37.1 percent in 2008-09 to 20.8 percent this season.
Anderson did increase his rebound- and assist-per-game totals as his role changed with leading scorer Xavier Silas on the floor and Anderson playing more at point guard. Anderson hit the game-winning shot to beat Central Michigan, 67-65, and end NIU's 10-game losing streak on Feb. 24.
The 2008-09 season had a few bumps for Anderson. He was suspended for a game along with Jeremy Landers for a violation of team rules but rallied to be named Second Team All-MAC.