Jason Collins Enters Draft, but Won't Hire Agent

May 8, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford center Jason Collins has applied for theNBA draft but hasn't hired an agent.

Collins, who averaged 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds last season while helpingStanford win its third straight Pac-10 title, announced Tuesday he willwithdraw from the draft if he doesn't expect to be picked in the first round.

Collins, who has two seasons of eligibility left, would be the first playerever to leave Stanford early. He must decide by June 20 - one week before thedraft.

'While it would be an honor to be a high draft pick, I am not overlyconcerned about my draft position,' Collins said. 'My primary hope from thedraft is that I end up in a good situation with the right team.'

Collins, who was the Pac-10's fourth-leading rebounder while shooting 61percent from the field, will graduate from Stanford next month. He already hasapplied to graduate school for next fall, and he will practice with theCardinal next month when they prepare for a tour of Australia.

Because he missed most of two seasons at Stanford with injuries, Collinsstill has two years of eligibility. His twin brother, Jarron, has used up hiscollege eligibility and is generally expected to be a second-round pick.

The decision would leave All-American Casey Jacobsen as the only returningstarter for the Cardinal, who spent much of the regular season ranked No. 1 inboth polls and reached the West Regional finals in the NCAA tournament.Jacobsen has said he will return for his junior season.

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