South Carolina's Balkman declares for draft

Updated: April 27, 2006, 4:57 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina forward Renaldo Balkman declared himself eligible for the NBA draft Thursday, though he has not hired an agent.

The 6-foot-8 junior hopes his performance in the NIT, where he was the MVP as the Gamecocks won their second straight championship, opened the eyes of NBA personnel.

However, since Balkman hasn't hired an agent, he can still withdraw from the draft and return for his final season with the Gamecocks.

Balkman averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 ...

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