Greene, projected to be chosen between 10 and 20, will stay in draft

Updated: May 29, 2008, 5:22 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Syracuse freshman Donte Greene will stay in the NBA draft after signing with an agent this week.

Greene said Thursday he signed with William Strickland. The decision wasn't too difficult. Once he was voted by the NBA to be part of top 15, physical-only, agility testing prospects he knew that he was going to stay in the draft.

"That confirmed it a lot," Greene said Thursday.

Greene, who scored 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds a game for the Orange last season, said he consulted with Syracuse coaches Jim Boeheim and Rob Murphy before making the decision.

"They kept saying that I was going to go high in the draft," Greene said.

Greene is projected to go anywhere from 10-20 in the first round.

Boeheim has said that he wouldn't be surprised if Greene decided to stay in the draft. The deadline to make a decision about staying in the draft is June 16 for the June 26 draft.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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