Choice likely to come on deadline Thursday

Updated: June 16, 2004, 6:41 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Saint Joseph's will find out Thursday if star guard Delonte West will return to the Hawks for his senior season or keep his name in the NBA draft.

Coach Phil Martelli said Wednesday that West is still undecided and that he expects West won't decide until Thursday's deadline. Martelli says his gut feeling on West's decision seems to change every ten minutes and says getting involved in speculation is "wasted energy."

West was an honorable mention AP All-American last season. He attended the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago and played well while battling through a sprained right foot.

Martelli said feedback from NBA personnel about where West fits in the draft has been mixed. Scouts told West and Martelli the guard should work on his strength, lateral speed and play more at point guard.

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