Fazekas draws NBA interest as he tests draft waters

Updated: May 4, 2006, 11:17 AM ET
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RENO, Nev. -- Six NBA teams have shown early interest in drafting Nevada's Nick Fazekas this summer, including Sacramento, Indiana and the Los Angeles Lakers, his father said.

"Sacramento wants him to come to them [for a workout]," Joe Fazekas said.

"The Pacers are going to come to Reno. The Lakers, they want him to come to L.A.," he told the Reno-Gazette Journal.

"Phoenix has shown some interest, and the Spurs, too, but they don't have a first-round pick. That's the problem. Cleveland has shown interest, too."

Fazekas, the two-time Western Athletic Conference player of the year, is testing the NBA draft interest in him, but hasn't hired an agent and could return to Nevada for his senior season.

Fazekas has said he would return to school if he's not convinced that he would be a first-round choice. Early list candidates can withdraw from the draft by June 18 and retain their eligibility.

Nevada coach Mark Fox said Fazekas has gained weight since the end of the season in mid-March and is now up to 240 pounds. There has been speculation that Fazekas' weight and strength are a concern for some NBA teams.

"Some teams have said he doesn't need to put on more weight, just get stronger," said the elder Fazekas.

There has been early speculation that Fazekas could be a late first-round or early second-round selection in the draft. Fazekas is ranked No. 33 overall (early second round) in Chad Ford's Top 100 list.

Although the early entry list deadline to declare for the draft was Saturday night, the NBA doesn't announce the list until Wednesday so it can receive paperwork postmarked before the deadline.

"It's going to be a pretty big pool of players," said the elder Fazekas. "It's going to be pretty hard for Nick. A lot of people doubted him when he went to the Under 21 USA tryout and he made the team. I think he is stronger than people give him credit for."

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report