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Reports: Dalembert To Enter Draft

May 11, 2001

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) _ Seton Hall sophomore center Samuel Dalembert is leaving school to enter the NBA draft, according to several reports.

The 6-foot-11 Dalembert, who averaged 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks for the Pirates last season, becomes the third defection from the school’s basketball program since the season ended.

Coach Tommy Amaker left after four seasons to take over the program at Michigan and freshman forward Eddie Griffin has also announced he would make himself eligible for the draft.

Dalembert has retained Marc Cornstein as an agent, a decision that means he cannot return to school. The draft will be held June 27.

No Seton Hall officials were available Thursday to confirm Dalembert’s decision and Cornstein did not return a message left by The Associated Press.

``Teams will be shocked by his offensive ability,″ Cornstein told ESPN.com. ``He’ll shoot up in the draft.″

Family considerations convinced Dalembert to turn pro, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported.

Cornstein told the newspaper that Dalembert’s maternal grandmother, Hypromene Shaw, who raised him in Haiti and still lives there, had a stroke several years ago and requires more medical care than she can get at home. Dalembert needs money to move her to Miami, where his mother, Yvrose Raymond, is a nurse.

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