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Center says 'great' chance he'll go in first round

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado center David Harrison will forgo
his senior season and enter the NBA draft.

The 7-foot junior said he is confident that he will be chosen in
the first round of the June 24 draft.

"It's real exciting," Harrison said Monday. "I'm starting up
another stage in my life."

Harrison leaves Colorado as the school's all-time leading shot
blocker. Last season, he led Colorado in scoring (17.1 points per
game), rebounding (8.8), blocked shots (85 total) and field-goal
percentage (.631).

"I looked at the season I had this year, and I just felt like I
have a great opportunity to get picked in the first round,"
Harrison said. "I just felt it was my time to go pro. I always
thought I would be in college for about three years, so I felt like
this was perfect timing."

Harrison has hired agent Chris Emens, a move that means he
cannot return to college.

"I do think he's solidly a first-round pick," Emens told The
Denver Post. "Universally, he is considered to have lottery
talent."

Harrison grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and said he would love to
play for the Memphis Grizzlies or the Nuggets. The Grizzlies have
the 24th pick and the Nuggets, who need a true center, have the
20th pick.

Colorado went 10-6 in the Big 12 Conference and was not selected
to the NCAA Tournament. Mix-ups with fans at Iowa State and Kansas
and being left off the all-Big 12 first team also contributed to
Harrison's decision.

He said the final blow was a first-round National Invitation
Tournament loss at Oregon.

"Pretty much until we lost to Oregon, I was coming back,"
Harrison said. "It was so emotionally draining that I couldn't go
through that again."