Florida's Speights Decides to Stay in NBA Draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida center Marreese Speights has decided to keep his name in the upcoming NBA draft, hiring an agent and forgoing his final two years of eligibility.

Speights told coach Billy Donovan of his intentions Thursday.

Donvan says he "completely supports his decision" because "this is what he wants to do."

Speights averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season. He also led the Gators with 49 blocked shots and 10 double-doubles.

He announced his decision to turn pro in early April, but left open the option of returning to Florida for his junior season. He has since worked out for numerous NBA teams, and says he received enough positive feedback to make the jump to the next level.

The draft is June 26 in New York.

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