Source: Cunningham to 'test' draft

Updated: March 26, 2012, 4:38 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham will "test" the NBA draft process, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN.com.

Cunningham intends to bypass the NCAA's April 10 deadline and see if he can get enough feedback to be a first-round pick and declare by the NBA's deadline of April 29, the source said.

The 6-foot-4 junior won't hire an agent, the source said, and doesn't have to announce by the NCAA deadline since he is considering the NBA deadline.

Oregon State coaches are seeking the counsel of the NBA to get a read on whether the Beavers' leading scorer (17.9 ppg) can crack the first round or be a second-round pick.

The loophole in the NCAA's new deadline is that players can still declare for the draft by April 29. However, players can no longer go back to school once they have officially declared their professional intentions. Players also are no longer able to work out for teams and then return to school.

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