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Young center Aldridge pulls out of draft

AUSTIN -- Texas 7-foot freshman LaMarcus Aldridge withdrew his name from the NBA draft on Tuesday, two days before the deadline.

Aldridge signed with Texas and started classes this month, but
he kept his name in the potential pool for the June 24 draft. Some
players register for the draft to see how much interest they will
receive from NBA teams.

Wyoming junior point guard Jay Straight also pulled out of the draft Tuesday. He will return to Wyoming for his senior season.

Aldridge, a prep All-American at Seagoville, sent a letter to the
NBA withdrawing his name, Texas team spokesman Scott McConnell
said.

Aldridge averaged 28.9 points and 13.4 rebounds as a senior and
thought he might be a first-round draft pick.

He missed a chance to help raise his profile with the NBA
because of a stress fracture in his back that kept him from playing
for the national junior select team during Final Four weekend in
San Antonio.

Aldridge was the third prep All-American to sign with Texas. He
joins guard Daniel Gibson and forward Mike Williams.

Texas coach Rick Barnes called Aldridge's signing "icing on the
cake."