TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona guard Chris Rodgers is making
himself eligible for the NBA draft, though he's left open the
possibility that he'll return to the university for his senior
season, the school announced Thursday.
Rodgers ranked second on the team last season in three-pointers
(33) and third in assists (76) and steals (41). Over three seasons,
he averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
"It's a good opportunity, a challenge for me," Rodgers said in
a statement released by the university. "I'm leaving my options
open. I want to get the experience and feedback from the NBA. I
plan on coming back to school next year and leading the team to a
Arizona coach Lute Olson said he thinks the move is a good idea
"We support the idea of Chris seeing where he stands," Olson
said. "It's something that he needs to do in order to give himself
a shot to play on that level in the future."
Rodgers has until June 21 to withdraw from the draft. He can
retain his college eligibility if he doesn't sign with an agent.