Saint Louis center withdraws from draft
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Saint Louis University head men’s
basketball coach Brad Soderberg announced Wednesday that center Ian Vouyoukas
has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.
Vouyoukas had declared for the draft on April 25, but did not hire an agent
in order to keep open the option of returning to school for his senior
“This was absolutely the best scenario for Ian,” Soderberg said. “He now has a
feel for what the NBA looks for in a player at his position. He also got to
play for a week against the best college players in the country and be seen by
scouts and player personnel staff from every NBA team. This will only make his
senior season even better as he works toward his ultimate goal of playing
Vouyoukas appeared in an individual workout for the Toronto Raptors in late
May, as well as the 2006 NBA Pre-Draft Camp held June 6-10 at Disney’s Wide
World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
“I had a positive experience in the workouts and camps in highly competitive
situations,” Vouyoukas said. “I had a good showing but discovered things that
I need to work on. I have a better understanding of what it takes to be
successful in the NBA. Now, I’m focusing on returning to the Billikens and
competing for an Atlantic 10 Conference championship.”
Vouyoukas, an Athens, Greece native, averaged 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and
1.9 blocks per game last season. The 6-foot-10, 270-pounder was selected
first-team All-Atlantic 10, helping the Billikens to a 16-13 mark.