Prep player will not hire an agent

Updated: May 3, 2004, 6:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PRENTISS, Miss. -- High school standout Al Jefferson announced Monday that he will enter the NBA draft but won't hire an agent.

The star of the Arkansas Razorbacks' recruiting class, the 6-foot-9 post player averaged 42.6 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks during his senior season at Prentiss High School.

McDonald's, Parade and USA Today selected Jefferson to their All-America teams, and he signed a national letter-of-intent with Arkansas.

Two previous Mississippi standouts have gone straight from the preps to the pros: Jonathan Bender of Picayune in 1999 and Travis Outlaw of Starkville last year.

Jefferson has until June 17 to withdraw his name from consideration for the draft, which is June 24.

Jefferson's wide frame could be attractive to NBA scouts. He is listed anywhere between 250 and 265 pounds. Scouts rave about Jefferson's strength, soft hands and smooth post moves, but say his conditioning and defense need to improve.

In March, Jefferson tied a state high school tournament record with 56 points in a Class 3A semifinal loss to Byhalia. Prentiss won the Class 3A title in 2003 during Jefferson's junior year.


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