McGuire to hire agent after participating in camp
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The NBA pre-draft camp wasn't even 24 hours old before one of only eight amateur underclassmen among the 62 campers decided he was done with school and ready to play in the NBA.
Fresno State junior Dominic McGuire told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he was going to sign with an agent and remain in the draft.
"I'm gone," McGuire said after having a rather modest four-point, two-rebound game at the Milk House. "I just feel like I'm ready for the NBA."
McGuire's decision leaves seven players competing in the camp who haven't signed with an agent: Marquette sophomore Dominic James, Texas A&M junior Joseph Jones, Ohio State freshman Daequan Cook, Virginia junior Sean Singletary, Clemson junior James Mays and Nevada juniors Marcelus Kemp and Ramon Sessions.
McGuire's decision should hardly be a surprise since he played two seasons at Cal, sat out a season at Fresno State and competed for the Bulldogs last season. Had he returned to Fresno State he would have been in college a fifth year. College coaches have had a hard time convincing players with pro potential to stay a fifth year if they have declared after what is their fourth season in school.
McGuire averaged 13.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and was fifth in the nation in blocked shots (3.6).
Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland said last week that he wasn't sure which way McGuire was leaning but was convinced the Bulldogs could still be a WAC contender even without the 6-foot-8 shot blocker.
"They'll have a great team regardless and coach Cleve is doing a great job rebuilding the program," McGuire said. "I'm glad I could help him bring it back up."
McGuire said he is hopeful of being a first-round pick and would be content going in the second round "as long as it's early."
"I just have to do what I did all season long here -- the little things like rebound and hand out assists," McGuire said.
McGuire added that he has workouts scheduled when the camp ends, beginning with Phoenix on Tuesday.
Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.