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Albert White Goes for NBA Draft

April 22, 1999

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - Albert White, Missouri’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, has decided to skip his senior year and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft.

White said he was confident of his choice.

``I considered many factors such as my achievements to date, my abilities compared to potential players entering this year’s draft, and my personal situation, having a young daughter to take care of,″ White said. ``I believe I am both physically and mentally prepared to play professional basketball.″

White, a 6-5, 235-pound forward, averaged 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season. He was named second-team All-Big 12 team and led the Tigers to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1995.

In addition to leading Missouri in scoring and rebounding, White led the team in assists, becoming the first player in school history to lead in those three categories.

White began his college basketball career at Michigan, where he was part of a talented trio of freshmen that also included current NBA player Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock.

He transferred to Missouri after his freshman year with the Wolverines, and averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Missouri before improving on those numbers last season.

White is the sixth underclassman to declare himself eligible for the draft this year. The others are Duke’s Elton Brand and William Avery, Maryland’s Steve Francis, St. John’s Ron Artest and Georgia’s Jumaine Jones. UNLV forward Shawn Marion is also expected to add himself to this list soon.

Underclassmen have until May 16 to declare their eligibility for the June 30 draft.

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