APRIL 8, 2009
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- All-America center DeJuan Blair of Pitt will
declare for the NBA draft but has not yet hired an agent, leaving
the possibility he could return for his junior season.
Blair is projected as a mid- to late first-round pick, but his
status could change once he goes through the NBA's pre-draft
workouts. If he doesn't hire an agent, Blair would have until June
15 to withdraw his name from the June 25 draft.
Pittsburgh attorney James Cook issued a press release Wednesday
that he will advise Blair in the pre-draft process, before Blair
picks an agent. Among Cook's former or current clients are Memphis
assistant coach Orlando Antigua and boxer Roy Jones Jr.
Pitt officials did not comment on Cook's statement, but Blair
and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon have called a 4 p.m. news conference.
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