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Monday, April 17, 2006
LSU's Thomas going pro; 'Big Baby' staying in school

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LSU freshman Tyrus Thomas announced at a news conference Monday that he will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, but SEC player of the year Glen "Big Baby" Davis announced he will return for his junior season.

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Thomas has been informed by NBA officials that he is projected as a top five pick in the upcoming draft, ESPN Radio's Doug Gottlieb reports.

Thomas, the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year, averaged 12.6 points and was dominant at the defensive end with his through-the-roof leaping ability.

"When you're hot, you're hot," Thomas said.

Davis shot only 5-of-17 in LSU's 59-45 Final Four loss to UCLA, a dismal end to an NCAA Tournament that established the 310-pound center with the catchy nickname as a true national star.

"There are a lot of things I want to accomplish, not only as a player but as a person," Davis said. "Furthermore, I feel that college is the best time of my life. I feel that staying at LSU will help me mentally and physically. I just want to make it clear that I will be here next year to further my education and to be with family members -- my teammates."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.