Monday, June 12, 2006

Farmar Is Expected To Remain In Draft

By Steve Springer
Los Angeles Times

A source close to Jordan Farmar said Sunday he expects the UCLA sophomore point guard to remain in the NBA draft and forgo his remaining two years of college eligibility.

Farmar is not expected to make a formal announcement until closer to Sunday, the deadline for players who have declared themselves eligible for the draft to withdraw and retain their college eligibility. As long as Farmar does not hire an agent, he can still return to UCLA.

A source who attended the NBA pre-draft camp last week in Orlando, Fla., said that Farmar's stock rose considerably with his performance in the camp.

Farmar has tried out for several NBA teams, including the Lakers and Clippers. He has said since he made himself eligible for the draft that he would not leave UCLA unless he was confident he would be a first-round pick.

Also in the draft is UCLA sophomore guard Arron Afflalo. He too has tried out for several teams including the Lakers and Clippers, but didn't attend the pre-draft camp and so appears more likely to return to UCLA.

The backcourt tandem of Farmar and Afflalo were the key figures in a UCLA season that ended with a loss to Florida in the NCAA championship game. Farmar was the Bruins' second-leading scorer with 13.5 points a game. Afflalo led the team in scoring at 15.8 points and was the defensive stopper.

(reprinted with permission)


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