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48 Remain Early NBA Eligibles

June 20, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Western Kentucky shotblocker Chris Marcus and Purdue scoring star Willie Deane were among 23 who withdrew their names as early entry candidates for next week’s NBA draft.

The 7-foot-1 Marcus is Hilltoppers’ alltime leader in blocks with 212, while Deane led the Boilermakers in scoring with 17.3 points per game last season.

The remaining early entry list released Thursday by the NBA includes 43 high school and college players and five international players. Among those eligible are Jay Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy, who helped Duke to the NCAA tournament championship two years ago, and Chris Wilcox, a member of this year’s national championship team at Maryland.

The draft is set for June 26 at Madison Square Garden.

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