Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cedric Simmons Going, Brandon Rush Staying

Cedric Simmons to Test Draft Waters

According to The News & Observer and the Greensboro News Record, North Carolina State sophomore forward Cedric Simmons is expected to enter the NBA Draft. However, he will not hire an agent, thus leaving him a chance to return to Raleigh if he does not receive the feedback he wants. Agent Kevin Bradbury says “As I understand it, he’s going to declare for the draft and go through the workouts. If he doesn’t like what he hears, he will go back.” Simmons averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season and is considered to be a first-round lock.

Brandon Rush Staying at Kansas

According to The Kansas City Star, freshman Kansas guard Brandon Rush has reaffirmed his intentions to return to the Jayhawks next season. Following their first-round loss to Bradley, Rush had originally announced that he was staying in Lawrence. However, there were rumors swirling around the past few weeks that Rush was going to enter the NBA Draft. “I’m definitely coming back,” Rush said. “I would have to have heard I was a guaranteed first round pick. From everything I’ve seen I’m not a guaranteed first round pick. People say I’m a first or second round pick, so I’ll be back.” He averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game a season ago.

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