Aggies' Jones enters NBA draft to 'test the water'

Updated: April 24, 2007, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M junior forward Joseph Jones said Tuesday he has entered his name in the NBA draft, but could return for next season because he has not hired an agent.

"I just want to test the water and see how I can compete against the best players in the world," Jones said. He has until June 18 to withdraw and return to the Aggies next season.

Jones has started 94 games, and he averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds last season as the Aggies finished second in the Big 12 and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Aggies coach Billy Gillispie then left for Kentucky, and Mark Turgeon was hired from Wichita State to replace him.

"Joe and I have discussed entering his name in the draft many times," Turgeon said. "We have done our homework, and we want to do everything we can to help him pursue his dreams."

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