North Carolina found out about the first of its four underclassmen who could leave school early.
Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer for the national champion Tar Heels, said Wednesday that he would apply for the NBA draft and skip his senior season.
Coach Roy Williams said McCants had his "complete support" in making a move.
North Carolina fans are still waiting for the decisions of juniors Sean May, the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament, and Raymond Felton and freshman Marvin Williams.
Three other players said Wednesday they have applied for the draft.
Florida guards Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh will apply for the draft but will not hire agents, meaning they could return to the Gators for another season.
Indiana guard Bracey Wright, like McCants, said he will hire an agent.
Other prominent underclassmen who have declared for the draft include national player of the year Andrew Bogut of Utah, Charlie Villanueva of Connecticut, Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Kelenna Azubuike of Kentucky, Nate Robinson of Washington and Carl Krauser and Chris Taft of Pittsburgh.