Purdue star Jaden Ivey had a big-time decision looming over his shoulder for the duration of the 2021-22 college basketball season. The sophomore guard announced Thursday that his next step is to play in the NBA. 

Ivey is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft. 

"First and foremost, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play the game of basketball," Ivey wrote via social media. "He has given me the passion, confidence and drive to pursue this dream of mine. 

"To my support system, my family — thank you for loving me and supporting me through all the challenges and adversities that I have endured throughout my college basketball career. I wouldn't be the man I am today without your guidance, wisdom and love." 

Ivey, a native of South Bend, Indiana, joined the Boilermakers as a freshman for the 2020-21 season. He had a stellar first-year campaign, averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while also contributing 17 steals and 16 blocked shots in just 23 games played. 

Ivey garnered All-Big Ten Freshman Team accolades for his success on the court and was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week during the season.