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Guard hasn't hired agent; signed intent letter for UNC

5/3/2004

NEWARK, N.J. -- High school guard J.R. Smith will enter the
NBA draft but hasn't signed with an agent.

The 6-foot-6 player from St. Benedict's averaged 23.3 points and
5.4 rebounds last year. He signed a letter-of-intent to North
Carolina.

"I talked to my family and my coaches, and everyone was just,
'Calm down, slow down; let it come to you,"' Smith said at a news
conference Monday. "It has."

Smith hopes to be chosen in the first round, but has no
realistic expectation about where he might be selected.

"The big thing was me being ready or not," he said. "I think
I've prepared myself well for the next level. I'm just going to
keep working hard to get there. I knew what I could do."

Since Smith hasn't signed with an agent, he has until June 17 to
withdraw his name from consideration for the draft, which is June
24.

Smith holds three school records: most points in a season (700),
most 3-pointers in a season (108) and highest field-goal percentage
in a season (54.1 percent).

He scored 30 points or more seven times as a senior and began to
gather serious NBA consideration with his tournament play. He was
named MVP or co-MVP of the Great Florida Shootout, the EA Sports
Roundball Classic and the McDonald's High School All-American Game.