Smith, 7-foot junior, declares for NBA draft

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State junior Jason Smith is
going to test the NBA waters.

The 7-foot forward from Kersey, Colo., who averaged 16.8 points
and 10.1 rebounds as a junior last season, will declare himself
eligible for the NBA draft. Smith, however, won't sign with an
agent, allowing him to return to school if he determines he won't
go high enough in the June 28 draft.

He would have until June 18 to withdraw his name from
consideration and retain his senior year of eligibility for the
Rams, whom he's led in scoring and rebounding the last two seasons.

"I owe it to myself and my family to assess what my
possibilities are related to the draft," Smith said. "I want to
collect all of the information that I can and be able to make a
good decision. I have had a great time at Colorado State, but I'm
looking forward to this process. I feel I am prepared, and I am
excited to go as hard as I can to pursue this opportunity."

Smith, a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection the
last two seasons, has the blessing of new Rams coach Tim Miles.

"We want to help Jason and his family explore all possible
opportunities so that they can make the best decision for him,"
Miles said. "I support Jason and his family, and will do so in
every way that I can."