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05-22-2008, 09:05 AM
Gonzaga junior guard Jeremy Pargo may be leaning toward playing in the pre-draft camp in Orlando. If that's the case, expect the Zag staff to be there to watch him and see if their starting point guard returns next season. Pargo would love to stay in the draft but isn't a first-round lock.

05-22-2008, 09:14 AM
And a little bit further down in that Katz blog (http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3407841&name=katz_andy):

• The NBA isn't giving up the list for Orlando because it's not done yet. NBA personnel said the league wouldn't release the list until Monday. Members of the pre-draft committee are being shut out as well. The problem is that there were so many early-entrants, and the league office is trying to get a handle on who is going to play in the event. Also, there are players who were candidates possibly to play in Orlando that are withdrawing from the draft and returning to school, like Texas A&M's Josh Carter and UTEP's Stefon Jackson.

This happens every year where agents play this cat-and-mouse game of not committing to having their players play in Orlando. The problem with waiting it out to see who will play means the committee has a hard time making other commitments to players who want to play (i.e. a number of seniors). There are only 60-70 playing spots and 20 physical-only slots for the potential top 20 picks.Interesting that the list of attendees won't be released until the day before the camp opens on May 27.

I thought this non-Zag-related tidbit was interesting too:

• Memphis may be getting some great news for next season. Memphis coaches John Calipari and assistant John Robic said that Robert Dozier and Antonio Anderson are slated to leave Sunday for the team's week-long trip to China. That means they won't be going to the Orlando pre-draft camp next Tuesday. Neither coach would say for certain that either player was withdrawing from the draft, but the players won't be available to be evaluated by NBA teams over the next week, making it seem remote that they would stay in the draft.