Three Big 12 Players Declare For NBA Draft

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DALLAS -- Mario Chalmers, D.J. Augustin, & A.J. Abrams have declared for the NBA draft.

Kansas guard Mario Chalmers has declared for the NBA draft, but is leaving open the possibility of returning to the national champion Jayhawks by not signing with an agent.

The 6-foot-1 junior said Wednesday that he will enter the June
26 draft only if he's projected to be taken in the first round. He
said he's currently projected to be picked between 25th and 35th,
but hopes to move up through predraft workouts.

Chalmers hit one of the biggest shots in Kansas history, a
3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to send the national championship
game into overtime. The Jayhawks went on to beat Memphis 75-68 for
their third national title.

All-American point guard D.J. Augustin says he is leaving Texas after two seasons to turn pro.

He said Wednesday that he has long dreamed of playing in the NBA
and that he is "ready to start living this dream."

Augustin averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists to lead Texas to
one of the best seasons in school history.

The Longhorns won a school-record 31 games, a share of the Big
12 regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA regional
finals before losing to Memphis. Augustin won the Bob Cousy Award
as college basketball's top point guard.

The father of Texas junior A.J. Abrams says his son will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

Not hiring an agent allows the 5-foot-11 guard to return to the
Longhorns for his senior year if he removes his name before the
June 16th deadline.

Abrams' decision was reported by The Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman.

Abrams averaged 16.5 points a game and led Texas in 3-pointers
with 118 last season.

All-American point guard D.J. Augustin has still yet to announce
whether he will return to the Longhorns for his junior year or turn
pro.




 
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