Originally created 05/04/04

Three more high school players declare for NBA draft



Three high school players said Monday they will enter the NBA draft, although none will hire an agent.

J.R. Smith of St. Benedict's in Newark, N.J., Al Jefferson of Prentiss (Miss.) High School and Shaun Livingston of Peoria (Ill.) Central High School brought to five the number of high school players who have said they would apply for the June 24 draft.

All three players who declared Monday had signed letters of intent: the 6-foot-6 Smith with North Carolina, the 6-9 Jefferson with Arkansas and the 6-6 Livingston with Duke.

More than a dozen college underclassmen have also declared for the draft led by All-America juniors Emeka Okafor of Connecticut and Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State.

The players have until June 17 to remove their names from the draft. If they did not hire an agent, they will retain their NCAA eligibility.