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UConn center Boone to hire agent, stay in draft

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut center Josh Boone said Monday
he plans to hire an agent soon and remain in the NBA draft,
passing up his senior year with the Huskies.

The 6-foot-10 Boone put his name in the draft pool April 7
but did not immediately hire an agent.

Since his announcement in April, Boone has been working on his
game in an attempt to improve his position in the June 28 draft.
He says he's gotten very positive feedback, leading to his decision
to turn pro.

"The past two months have accomplished exactly what I hoped
they would. They have shown me where I am as a player, and what I
need to do to prepare for life in the NBA," Boone said. "I am
confident that I am making the right decision, and improving my
draft position with each workout and each day."

He appeared in 103 games, averaging nine points, seven rebounds
and two blocked shots during his three seasons at UConn. Boone, the
2004-05 Big East defensive player of the year, was a member of the
2004 national championship team.

Boone thanked the UConn program and coach Jim Calhoun, who
wished him well.

"Josh has worked very hard and contributed in a big way to our
success over the past three years," Calhoun said.

Boone is the third UConn player to enter the draft, joining
teammates Rudy Gay and Marcus Williams. Gay passed on his final two
years of eligibility and Williams is not returning for his senior
season.