West Virginia University men’s basketball player Elijah Macon will not return for his final season of eligibility and will pursue a professional career.

Macon, who sat out as a true freshman in the 2013-14 season and would have turned 24 during the upcoming season, made the announcement on his Facebook page Tuesday. He thanked head coach Bob Huggins and assistant Erik Martin “for believing in a young 15 year old boy growing up from the Southside of Columbus, (Ohio) losing my mother and still having you guys push me to be the man I have become.”

In a press release, Huggins said he respected the decision.

“Elijah is in the process of completing classes during this summer school period that ends June 2 and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in August,” Huggins said. “I respect his decision to become a professional basketball player and to go make money to support his family. He had a great four years with us, and we wish him nothing but the best.”