PHILADELPHIA -- Saint Joseph's junior center Dwayne Jones
has declared for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent.
Jones is awaiting an invitation to the NBA's pre-draft camp in
Chicago. Because he has no agent, Jones will have until June 21 to
withdraw from the draft and retain his final season of eligibility.
"It's been a dream of mine to play basketball in the NBA and to
be able to provide for my family," he said Wednesday. "I feel
I've put myself in position to have the chance to play at that
level. I'd like to take full advantage of this opportunity now
since I am graduating in May.
"I will use the evaluation process to determine whether I would
be a first-round pick."
Jones was fifth in the nation in rebounding with 11.6 a game and
fifth in blocked shots with 3.0. He was the Hawks' third-leading
scorer with 10.1 a game while becoming the first player since
1995-96 to average a double-double at the school.
He was chosen the Atlantic 10's Defensive Player of the Year and
earned All-Conference and All-Big 5 second-team honors.