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Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn, guard Eric Devendorf and small forward Paul Harris plan to enter their names in the NBA draft.
Flynn will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning for his junior season. It is unclear whether Devendorf or Harris -- who both have a year of eligibility left -- will hire agents, according to the statement released by the Orange's athletic department.
Devendorf is a senior academically, but still has a season left of eligibility due to knee injury that allowed him to red-shirt the 2007-08 season. Devendorf averaged 15.7 points per game for the Orange (28-10) this past year, helping the team to the Sweet 16 before losing to Oklahoma.
Harris, a junior and high school teammate of Flynn's in upstate New York, averaged 12 points and 8.1 rebounds this year, which marked a slight decrease in production from his sophomore campaign (14.5 and 8.2). He plays forward, although he's been listed in the 6-3 to 6-5 range.
While neither Devendorf or Harris appear to be legit NBA prospects, the same cannot be said for Flynn, who should be a first-rounder if he decides to go. Some even say he belongs in the lottery.
Flynn led the Orange with 17.4 points and 6.7 assists this season and earned second team All-Big East honors and All-American honorable mention. Flynn is a tireless and explosive player that has played in all 73 games during his two-year career.
Flynn's departure would be a huge blow to Syracuse, which should have national title aspirations in 2009-10. The Orange return nearly their entire team (aside from forward Kristof Ongenaet), which made a late-season run to secure a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Orange finished runner-up to Louisville in the Big East tournament -- two rounds after eliminating rival UConn in a classic, six-overtime quarterfinal.
My hunch? He's not going anywhere. He told his local paper three weeks ago that he plans to return. He may be testing the waters because this year's draft is considered a little weak, but I think he'll be back as a surefire Big East Player of the Year candidate next winter.
Underclassmen without agents have until June 15 to withdraw their names from the draft (June 25) and retain their eligibility.