Motiejunas withdraws from NBA draft
International forward Donatas Motiejunas has decided to withdraw from the 2010 NBA draft, his agent Herb Rudoy, told ESPN.com on Friday.
Motiejunas was a potential late lottery pick.
"Donatas really felt like he needed another year of international ball before he was ready for the NBA," Rudoy said. "He wants to be ready to come in and contribute right away and the feedback we got from the NBA suggested that as his body matures, he'll get there. I fully expect he'll be in the NBA draft for sure next year."
Motiejunas is a scorer who can play multiple positions on the floor. However his lack of strength has concerned NBA general managers. This year, he played for Benetton Treviso in Italy in a sixth-man role.
The withdrawl of Motiejunas comes roughly a month after the top international prospect in the draft, Jan Vesely, decided to not enter. Vesely was projected as a top 10 pick by some NBA general managers.
The third-ranked international prospect, France's Kevin Seraphin, hurt his knee in a recent game in France and could withdraw from the draft as well. Seraphin will likely be out for the next couple of weeks and won't be able to work out or play in the Adidas Eurocamp.
However, it may not matter. Despite the injury, a number of NBA general managers still have Seraphin ranked as a mid-to-late first round pick. If he can get a guarantee, his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said Seraphin will stay in the draft.
"If I feel like he's going to be a first rounder for sure, then he'll stay," Ndiaye said. "If the injury scares teams off, then he'll withdraw from the draft." Players have until June 15 to withdraw from the 2010 NBA Draft.
Chad Ford is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.
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