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Arizona’s Arenas Leaves for NBA

April 12, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Gilbert Arenas declared for the NBA draft Thursday, the fourth player from Arizona’s NCAA tournament runner-up team to leave school early.

Earlier, sophomore point guard Jason Gardner said he would enter the draft, and forwards Michael Wright and Richard Jefferson said they will forgo their senior seasons.

``When I came here two years ago without much recognition, I always thought I’d play here for four years,″ Arenas said. ``But after two great years in Tucson, I feel like I’m ready to take the next step and play in the NBA.″

Arenas, a 6-foot-3 sophomore shooting guard, led the Wildcats with an average of 16.2 points per game. He shot 47.9 percent from the floor in 36 games this season.

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