Cal's Powe entering NBA draft, but not hiring agent

OAKLAND, Calif. -- California sophomore forward Leon Powe will announce Wednesday he will make himself eligible for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, Powe's mentor, Bernard Ward told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

Powe has until April 29 to decide whether to make himself eligible. Powe will maintain his college eligibility by not hiring an agent and has until June 18 to withdraw from the draft.

Powe has little left to prove at the college level and his draft status might not rise significantly by playing another season. Powe is projected as a late first-round pick or early second-round selection.

The Golden Bears' star forward was examined by a doctor earlier Tuesday to determine the health of his surgically repaired left knee.

Powe has said coach Ben Braun has encouraged him "to make my own decision, what's best for me."

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Powe led Cal to its first NCAA Tournament bid in three years this season, but the Bears lost in the first round to North Carolina State.

He earned second-team All-America honors after averaging Pac-10 bests of 20.5 points and 10.1 rebounds in his first season following a serious knee injury that sidelined him for all of the 2004-05 season.

Powe was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the conference's rebounding leader in 2004.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.