Junior Budinger opts for NBA draft
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona junior forward Chase Budinger says he is hiring an agent and will make himself available for the NBA draft.
Budinger made the announcement on Tuesday, the same day Sean Miller was introduced as the new Arizona coach. Budinger averaged 18 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and averaged 19 points in the Wildcats' three NCAA tournament games.
Budinger says he felt he was ready for the move.
Junior center Jordan Hill would not say whether he also would turn pro, but there is widespread speculation he will.
Point guard Nic Wise says he will make himself available to the draft but won't hire an agent. That means he can still change his mind and return for his senior season.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- LeBron rallies Irving-less Cavs past Magic
- Harden, Smith lead Rockets by Griz in OT
- Dirk into 8th on NBA scoring list, razzes Kobe
- Perfect 10: Dudley can't miss in Bucks rout
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Jansport Men's Arizona Wildcats Cardinal Tournament Basketball T-shirt