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Batum pulls out of NBA Draft

Updated: April 27, 2007, 11:57 PM ET
French swingman Nicolas Batum, widely regarded as the best draft-eligible NBA prospect in Europe this year, has decided not to enter the 2007 NBA Draft, his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told me on Friday.

Batum wowed scouts with a stellar 23-point performance at the Nike Hoop Summit against some of the best high school players in the country and seemed a lock for the late lottery to mid-first round.

However, Batum was concerned about his relative lack of experience and was fearful that he might be moved to the end of the bench. Batum is expected to get major minutes for LeMans in France next year and wants to improve his stock.

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