Saturday, June 17, 2006

Afflalo Expected To Withdraw From Draft

By Steve Springer and Gary Klein
Los Angeles Times

UCLA guard Arron Afflalo will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to the Bruins unless he gets a solid assurance from a team by today that it will draft him in the first round, according to his father, Ben.

"Unless something changes between now and then," Ben Afflalo said Friday, "he is definitely coming back. It would be a good decision. There is no sense in sticking your neck out."

Afflalo and fellow sophomore Jordan Farmar have made themselves available for the draft, but because neither has hired an agent, they can retain their eligibility by withdrawing by Sunday, 10 days before the draft.

Afflalo is the shooting guard and defensive stopper for UCLA, which reached the NCAA championship game last season before losing to Florida.

Farmar, the team's point guard, attended the NBA pre-draft camp, where he was judged by league observers to be one of the two most impressive players in that group, along with Memphis guard Darius Washington.

But Farmar has not made an announcement about his plans.

(reprinted with permission)



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