Rush to test draft waters, yet to hire agent

Updated: April 28, 2007, 4:06 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kansas sophomore Brandon Rush will enter the NBA draft, he told The Kansas City Star in an interview published Friday.

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"I'm ready to take the next step," Rush, who led the Jayhawks in scoring the past two seasons, told the newspaper. "I'm ready to make a better life for me and my family."

Rush told the Star he would not hold a news conference to make the announcement. Instead, he will be in Dallas for the weekend.

"I'm saying all that needs to be said right now," he told the newspaper. "I'm just ready to get away for a little while and chill."

"We certainly respect Brandon's decision and we wish him the best as he pursues this dream," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement.

Rush said he won't decide whether to hire an agent until after the pre-draft camp, starting May 28 in Orlando, Fla. He has until June 18 to decide whether to remain in the June 28 draft or return to Kansas.

"I could hire an agent, but if I do, it will be much later in the process," Rush told the Star. "Right now I want to keep my options open. ... I'm going into it with a free mind. I don't have anything to lose. I can come back to school or I can stay [in the draft]. It's a plus-plus either way."

Rush, who led the Jayhawks with 13.8 points a game, declared out of high school and went to the then-Chicago pre-draft camp. Under NCAA rules, only high school players could declare twice and still return to school. A college underclassman can only declare one time and still retain his amateur status. Rush is the last of the high school players who falls under this double standard since the NBA instituted a new draft rule last year that prevents a high school senior from going directly into the draft.

Rush is projected as a first-round pick, but how high is still up for debate.

The Jayhawks are already losing likely first-round pick sophomore Julian Wright to the NBA draft. Wright announced he was leaving and signing with an agent. If Rush decides to declare, he is expected to retain his amateur status by not signing with an agent.

The Jayhawks didn't have a senior on their Elite Eight team, so Wright is currently the only player that is leaving. Self said he met with freshman Darrell Arthur and his family, and Self was assured that Arthur is returning to Lawrence for his sophomore season.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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