Thursday , Jun , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Delonte West remains in draft

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Saint Joseph’s junior guard Delonte West
announced Thursday that he will remain in the upcoming NBA Draft and is not
returning to school for his senior year.

West had until today to withdraw from the draft after he applied for an early
entry last month and it was speculated that he might head back to Saint
Joseph’s for one final season. The draft will take place on Thursday, June 24.

The 6-4 West and 2004 National Player of the Year Jameer Nelson made up one
of the country’s best backcourts last season, leading the Hawks to a 27-0
start and the first No. 1 ranking in school history.

Saint Joseph’s finished the season 32-2, bowing out in the NCAA Tournament’s
Elite Eight as a top seed.

West, a shooting guard, averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32 starts.
Deadly from the outside, he shot 41 percent from three-point range (56-
of-136) and 51 percent from the field overall.

He participated in last week’s NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago after being
invited under the NCAA regulation that allows underclassmen to be looked at
while also keeping their college eligibility in tact, provided they do not
hire an agent.

If West and Nelson are both drafted, it would give the Hawks their most draft
picks since 1982 when Bryan Warrick, Jeffery Clark and Mark Dearborn were all
selected.