Gordon Will Enter NBA Draft

Standout Mississippi State point guard Jamont Gordon has decided to turn pro, but won't hire an agent in case anything goes wrong before the NBA draft.

Gordon tells The Associated Press he filed the paperwork this afternoon (Tuesday). In a phone interview from Starkville, Gordon says he intends to go through with the draft if he remains injury free and expects his gamble to pay off.

Gordon says he sent a letter to the NBA last spring to declare for the draft, but withdrew it two days later before it was logged. Since he did not appear on the NBA's official early entry list, he can declare for this year's draft, then change his mind and return to college as long as he doesn't hire an agent.

This year's deadline to withdraw is 10 days before the June 26 draft. The NBA's director of communications, Mark Broussard, says the league won't confirm receiving Gordon's letter until after the April 27 deadline to declare has passed.

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury was on the road recruiting and didn't immediately return a message left with his spokesman by the AP. Gordon says he hadn't yet informed Stansbury of his decision, but that the two had spoken about the future this spring.

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