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Monday, June 18, 2007
Georgetown's Green to stay in draft, likely go high

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Georgetown forward Jeff Green has decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and forgo his senior season, the school announced on Monday.

Green, the Big East Player of the Year during the Hoyas' run to this year's Final Four, has been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to decide whether to remain in the draft. While most teams have Green ranked anywhere from the fifth pick to No. 12 in the draft, the lure of returning to Georgetown for his senior season and competing for a national championship was tempting.

However, a source told ESPN.com that, at the end of the day Green got advice from numerous sources that his draft position was too good to bypass.

Green, a 6-foot-9 multi-dimensional forward, is considered one of the more NBA-ready prospects in the draft. The Celtics are considering him with the fifth pick. The Bucks (No. 6), Timberwolves (seventh), Bobcats (eighth), Bulls (ninth), Kings (10th) and Sixers (12th) also have interest in selecting Green.

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Green has been conducting workouts at Georgetown for teams the past few weeks. The Celtics, Bucks, Bobcats, Bulls and Sixers have made the trip to see him work out.

Monday is the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their names from the draft. Earlier, center Roy Hibbert decided to remain at Georgetown for his senior season.

Other decisions
• Colorado State forward Jason Smith is staying in the NBA draft and hiring agent Mark Bartelstein, Bartelstein told ESPN Insider's Chad Ford.

Smith is projected to go between pick nine and 18 in the draft. He's power forward who can face the basket and who has wowed NBA teams in private workouts with his athleticism and shooting touch.

• Illinois 6-10 center Shaun Pruitt has withdrawn from the draft and will return to Champaign for his senior season. Pruitt, who has spent the past few weeks playing against other draft-eligible players, announced his decision on Sunday night.

According to news reports, NBA teams showed only limited interest in Pruitt. He started 35 games last season and averaged 11.4 points, second best on the 23-12 team. His average of 7.5 rebounds led the Illini and was third in the conference.

• Two-time all-SEC forward Charles Rhodes has withdrawn his name from the draft and will return to Mississippi State for his senior season.

"The NBA put this policy in place to allow underclassmen like myself to test the draft waters, and I simply took advantage of the opportunity," Rhodes said in a statement. "I now have a better perspective on the areas of my game that I need to work on in order to improve my status for next year's draft."

• George Washington guard Maureece Rice withdrew his name from the draft and will return for his senior season. As a junior, Rice led the Colonials in scoring, averaging 15.8 points, and in 3-pointers made, with 64. He was the 2006 Atlantic 10 sixth man of the year.

• Baylor guard Aaron Bruce, who didn't hire an agent, has withdrawn from the draft and will return for his senior season. The 6-foot-3 Australian worked out for Dallas, Houston and San Antonio before pulling out of the draft over the weekend. He has averaged 14.3 points, 3.5 assists and 40 percent shooting on 3-pointers in three seasons with the Bears.

• All-ACC guard Sean Singletary will not go into the draft but return to Virginia for his senior season, his father told Virginia's Daily Progress.

"He said staying in school is something that you'll never be able to replace," Harold Singletary told the paper. "He said it would be just so fulfilling for him to finish out his education."

Information from ESPN Insider's Chad Ford and The Associated Press was used in this report.