Epiphanny Prince, who once scored 113 points in a high school game and became a third-team All-American at Rutgers, is giving up her final season of eligibility to play professionally in Europe.
Prince, who plans to enter the 2010 WNBA draft, is the first American woman to leave early to start a professional career. Unlike her male counterparts, who can declare for the NBA draft one year after their high school class graduates, the rules for women are more stringent — and unfair.
WNBA rules require players to be at least 22, to have completed their college eligibility, to have graduated from a four-year college or to be four years removed from high school. Prince, who turns 22 in January, plans to graduate from Rutgers before the draft.
"I'm not really concerned with being the first person to do this," Prince said. "This is the right decision for me and my family."