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Choice likely to come on deadline Thursday

6/16/2004 - St. Joseph's Hawks

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.