Sunday, March 22, 2009
Harden 'not worried' about NBA draft
MIAMI -- James Harden hasn't decided yet if he's done with Arizona State.
The Pac-10 player of the year said Sunday that he hasn't even started to consider forgoing his final two seasons with the Sun Devils and entering the NBA draft, even though it's widely presumed he would be a lottery pick if he decided to turn pro.
"We're still in the season. We had a game today," Harden said after Arizona State lost to Syracuse 78-67 in a South Regional second-round game. "So was that the furthest thing from my mind. I still won't think about it. It's something I'll think about later with my coaches and my family."
Harden averaged 20.1 points this season, but struggled in the NCAAs. He shot 1-for-8 and scored nine points against Temple in the first round, then just 2-for-10 on Sunday and managed 10 points against the Orange.
"I'm not worried about it right now," said Harden, who scored more than 30 points in three of Arizona State's first six games this season, sending his stock soaring. "We just came off a tough loss. I'll take a couple of days or a week to think about it."
He has until April 26 to enter the draft, then can remove his name anytime before June 15, provided he hasn't voided his remaining eligibility.
The NBA draft is June 25.