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Marquette guard declares for draft, won't hire agent

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette guard Dominic James declared for the
NBA draft on Thursday, but will not hire an agent so he has the
option to return to school.

James, a sophomore, led the Golden Eagles with 14.9 points per
game. He was an All-America honorable mention selection by The
Associated Press last season and a first-team All-Big East
selection.

"This is an opportunity that I want to take advantage of,"
James said in a statement. "Coach [Tom Crean] and I talked about
our goals at the beginning of the season and one was the option of
being drafted. The time is now to take advantage of that option."

James also led the team with 167 assists and ranked fourth in
the conference.

Crean said he supports James' decision to explore his options in
the NBA.

"You have to give your players a chance to chase their
dreams," Crean said in a statement. "If not, you aren't building
your program the right way or doing the right thing."

The draft is scheduled for June 28, and the deadline for James
to withdraw and return to Marquette is June 18.