Monday , Mar , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Diogu to enter NBA Draft

Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) – All-American forward Ike Diogu of Arizona State
will enter the 2005 NBA Draft, but plans to keep his NCAA eligibility options
open.

“I want to declare for the NBA Draft, leaving my options open without having
an agent,” said Diogu, the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Diogu, a junior, has averaged 21.4 points in 91 career games. He is the Sun
Devils’ third all-time leading scorer with 1,946 points.

“Ike is so talented that it is obvious that he needs to explore his options at
this time, and the NBA has a very good program to help him, ” said Arizona
State head coach Rob Evans. “Arizona State is behind him and we are going to
do whatever Ike feels is best for him and his family, and that includes but is
not limited to gathering all the information that is available to him
regarding his draft status.”

Underclassmen have until May 14 to declare for the June 28 NBA Draft, but they
can remove their names up until June 21.

Diogu led the Pac-10 in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (9.8 rpg.) and blocks
(2.34 bpg.), becoming the first player to lead the league in all three
categories.

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