Local basketball rising star D’Moi Hodge has officially announced his entry into this year’s National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Draft.

Hodge, who recently bid farewell to a successful college career following the exit of his Missouri Tigers in the second round of the NCAA tournament made the announcement via his Instagram social media account on Wednesday, April 12.

“Finally to all the Mizzou fans, I appreciate you for embracing me and supporting our team through it all this season. You guys are the best fans in the SEC and I’m glad that I got to experience your energy this season,” he said.

He added, “Now it’s on to the next chapter of my hoops career and I’m excited to announce that I’m officially declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft. Let’s get it!”

Hodge also took the time to thank all who played a role in his basketball journey thus far.

 “First and foremost, I would like to thank my family for their continued love and support of my goals and dreams. To Coach Gates and the entire Mizzou staff, what a season! Thank you for taking a chance on a graduate senior and preparing me for what’s ahead. Your guidance and coaching helped me to become a better player and person off the court. I’m just a kid from the British Virgin Islands and this season you put me in a position to attack and pursue my dreams with an unwavering confidence,” Hodge penned.

Hodge broke a 30-year-old Missouri Tigers’ single-season steals record recently, surpassing the previous mark of 76, set by Lynn Hardy in 1986-87. He ended this season with a record-high 91 steals.

Hodge’s season also included 56 assists at an average of 14.7 points per game. He also converted 40 percent from the three-point range.