Star H.S. PG expected to declare for draft
NEW YORK -- The advertisement on the scorecard sheet wished Sebastian Telfair and four other New York metro area McDonald's All-Americans success with their "athletic and academic endeavors in college."
But whether the highly touted six-foot point guard actually will hit the books or make the jump to the NBA will remain a mystery for another day.
"I still have a commitment to Louisville," Telfair said Wednesday night, after scoring 25 points on 8-for-19 shooting in leading his Abraham Lincoln High School team to its third straight Public School Athletic League championship, defeating Cardozo 74-65.
Telfair, who averaged 33.2 points per game this season, committed to Louisville earlier this year. But some analysts have projected the high school senior as a late lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft, despite his being smaller than typical pro guards.
Multiple sources told ESPN.com that Telfair has already met with officials at adidas. Telfair was sporting shiny adidas shoes for the game, which was played at Madison Square Garden, the home court of his cousin, Stephon Marbury, who plays for the New York Knicks. The shoes were personalized "S31T." The wristbands on his left elbow and leg were also embroidered with "S31T," similar to the "L23J" wristbands the company gave to LeBron James last season. After the game, though, Telfair put on brand new Nike Air Force Ones.Telfair was also wearing socks with the NBA logo on them.
If Telfair goes pro, sources told ESPN.com that agent Andy Miller is in the lead to represent Telfair. Miller did not return calls seeking comment.
Telfair said he will play in upcoming high school all-star tournaments, but has not yet committed to any of them. If he wants to keep his collegiate eligibility, he can only play in two of the tournaments, excluding the exempt Nike Hoops Summit.
Telfair did not win the game's MVP award. That went to guard Eugene Lawrence, who scored 14 points and dazzled the crowd with a few behind-the-back, between-the-legs performances. Lincoln will play in the state championship next week.
Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at Darren.email@example.com.
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