Oregon St. forward Jones entering draft

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State forward Marcel Jones plans
to make himself available for the NBA draft but will not hire an

The 6-foot-8 junior will likely return for his senior season,
but would like to "test the waters and see what happens," he said
in a statement released by the school Thursday.

Jones led the Beavers in scoring last season by averaging 15.3
points. He also averaged 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

"It's a dream of everybody that plays college sports to further
their careers professionally," Jones said. "If I don't stay in
the draft, then when I come back to OSU I know people will have
raised expectations for me. I'll come back a better player and
ready to make us a better team."

Jones won't take classes this spring because of the draft, so he
must take summer courses to remain eligible.