Reports: Budinger declares for draft, not hiring agent

Updated: April 8, 2008, 2:58 PM ET news services

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Arizona forward Chase Budinger has opted to try his luck in the NBA draft, according to media reports.

Budinger, a sophomore, has joined teammate Jerryd Bayless in declaring for the NBA draft. But unlike Bayless, Budinger will not hire an agent, keeping his options open to return to Arizona for next season should his likely draft position not prove favorable.

Budinger, a 6-foot-7 forward from Encinitas, Calif., averaged 17.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for Arizona last season.