Friday, June 6, 2008
Speights, Hickson Likely Staying in Draft
According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, Florida sophomore big man Marreese Speights and North Carolina State freshman forward J.J. Hickson are both likely to keep their names in the NBA Draft. Katz says that both players will ultimately sign with agent Andy Miller after the June 16 withdrawal deadline; Miller has been advising both Speights and Hickson throughout the draft process. Furthermore, Katz writes that both Florida and NC State expect the two players to leave, as do the NBA teams they have worked out for. Both players are projected as first-round picks. Speights averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season, while Hickson averaged 14.8 and 8.5 per contest.