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Thursday, April 20, 2006

As NBA Declarations Increase, Will it Mean Williams and Washington Will Stay?

As the list of underclassmen declaring for the NBA draft increases, does it mean Shawne Williams and Darius Washington, Jr. will have more incentive to stay in school another year. Today UCLA's Aaron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar both declared but neither will sign with an agent.

As of today 23 underclassmen have declared with 16 not planning to hire agents. Tyrus Thomas of LSU is the only freshman declaring.

Of those deciding to hire agents several are definites for getting drafted including: LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Paul Millsap, Adam Morrison and Tyrus Thomas. I'd put Rajon Rondo at about 50/50 based on who might ultimately be available. I am not very familiar with Marcus Slaughter of San Diego State.

Underclassmen in the NBA Draft

Players who want to enter the NBA Draft early must file by April 29. The draft is June 28. Here is the early entrant list to date:

Name Position School Year

Arron Afflalo SG UCLA So.*
LaMarcus Aldridge C Texas So.
Morris Almond SG Rice Jr.*
Will Blaylock PG Iowa State Jr.*
Josh Boone F UConn Jr.*
Guillermo Diaz G Miami Jr.*
Mike Efevberha SG Cal State Northridge Jr.*
Jordan Farmar PG UCLA So.*
Nick Fazekas F Nevada Jr.*
Thomas Gardner SG Missouri Jr.*
Rudy Gay SF UConn So.
Brandon Heath PG San Diego State Jr.*
Alexander Johnson F Florida State Jr.*
Trey Johnson G Jackson State Jr.*
Paul Millsap F Louisiana Tech Jr.
Adam Morrison F Gonzaga Jr.
Leon Powe F California So.*
Richard Roby SG Colorado So.*
Rajon Rondo PG Kentucky So.
Mustafa Shakur PG Arizona Jr.*
Marcus Slaughter F San Diego State Jr.
Curtis Stinson PG/SG Iowa State Jr.*
Tyrus Thomas F LSU Fr.

*Player is testing the waters, but retains college eligibility by not hiring an agent.

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