Paperwork 'misplaced,' but Curry on early-entry list

Updated: May 3, 2007, 6:33 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Oklahoma State junior guard JamesOn Curry had quite an anxious Thursday afternoon after the NBA draft early-entry list did not include his name.

Reached by ESPN.com earlier Thursday, Oklahoma State assistant coach James Dickey was surprised to hear that Curry was not on the list. Like the Curry family, the coaching staff had been under the impression that Curry declared for the draft last month. Dickey then called Curry and his family to alert them to the mistake.

As soon as the Currys were informed, they called the NBA offices in New York to say Curry's early-entry application had been submitted before the April 29 deadline. Tim Frank, the NBA's vice president in charge of communications, said the NBA's basketball operations staff found Curry's letter and verified that it had arrived prior to the deadline.

"It was misplaced," Frank said. "Curry should be on the list. He is eligible for the draft."

A 6-foot-3 guard, Curry was the Cowboys' second-leading scorer at 17.3 points a game, as well as their leader in assists (3.7) during a 22-13 season.

Two days before the early-entry deadline, Curry was quoted by The Oklahoman as saying, "It's a win-win situation. I'm going to be motivated to go out and play and have them tell me what I need to work on." According to the newspaper's story, Curry also said he would attend the Orlando pre-draft camp from May 29-June 1.

Players who want to withdraw from the June 28 draft have until June 18 to do so.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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