Oregon St. forward Jones entering draft

Updated: April 12, 2007, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State forward Marcel Jones plans to make himself available for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

The 6-foot-8 junior will likely return for his senior season, but would like to "test the waters and see what happens," he said in a statement released by the school Thursday.

Jones led the Beavers in scoring last season by averaging 15.3 points. He also averaged 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

"It's a dream of everybody that plays college sports to further their careers professionally," Jones said. "If I don't stay in the draft, then when I come back to OSU I know people will have raised expectations for me. I'll come back a better player and ready to make us a better team."

Jones won't take classes this spring because of the draft, so he must take summer courses to remain eligible.

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