Philly native Dion Waiters to leave Syracuse for the NBA

Syracuse guard Dion Waiters, a Philadelphia native, is headed to the NBA. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Fresh off helping Syracuse reach the Elite Eight, Philadelphia native Dion Waiters announced Monday night that he will leave the program, hire an agent and head for the NBA. 

Waiters posted this farewell message to Orange fans on Twitter:

I just want to thank everybody who supported me my two years at Syracuse I appreciate the love y'all showed towards me I will miss y'all.

I will miss putting on a Syracuse jersey and running through the tunnel to 30,000 #cusenation fans I will always bleed orange...

Waiters also retweeted a few messages from fans. One of them caught my attention: a shoutout from Boys Latin High School senior guard Maurice Watson, who's headed to Boston University to play for Joe Jones in the fall.

Ayee! My man @dionwaiters3 declared for the NBA Draft! Keep working homie. Congrats!

The sophomore guard was the Big East's sixth man of the year this season, and helped the Orange win the regular season conference title. He is projected as a late first round pick by, which has the 76ers taking him at No. 20; and, which has the Memphis Grizzlies taking him at No. 23.

You all know that I am not much of an NBA fan, much less an expert. So you tell me where you think Waiters will get drafted, and whether you think he'd be a good fit with the 76ers.

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