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Friday, May 26, 2006
Pinnock committed to remaining in NBA draft

By Andy Katz
ESPN.com

Despite being a questionable second-round pick, George Washington junior guard Danilo Pinnock has decided to sign with an agent and stay in the NBA draft.

George Washington coach Karl Hobbs and Pro One Sports Management agent Daniel Servick said Friday that Pinnock will sign a professional agent contract.

"I hate to confirm it but it's true," Hobbs told ESPN.com. "But he had a good year. He's a good kid and I'm happy for him."

The 6-foot-5 Pinnock led the Colonials in scoring (14.5 points per game) and was tied for third on the team in rebounding (5.3 per game). He was one of the first go-to options on a team that won 27 of 30 games and swept through the Atlantic 10 with a 16-0 record. The Colonials lost to Duke in the NCAA Tournament's second round.

Fellow Colonials junior guard Carl Elliott also declared for the draft but hasn't signed with an agent yet.

Now that he's decided to remain in the draft, Pinnock is hoping to be invited to the Orlando pre-draft camp, Servick said. The hope is that Pinnock could possibly follow the path that Will Bynum blazed last year -- going from undrafted player to eventually making an NBA roster. Bynum played for Roanoke in the developmental league but wound up playing the final 15 games of the NBA regular season with the Golden State Warriors.

Meanwhile, Pinnock's departure, combined with the exits of seniors Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall and Omar Williams, means the Colonials will lose four of their top six scorers. The only two returning are guard Maureece Rice (12.6 ppg) and possibly Elliott (11.5 ppg).

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.