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According to ESPN:

(Players who have declared for the 2005 draft)
Alex Acker, SG, Jr., Pepperdine#
Nemanja Aleksandrov, SF/PF, 18 yrs, Serbia
Martynas Andriuskevicius, PF/C, 19 yrs, Lithuania
Sean Banks, SF, So., Memphis
Andrew Bogut, PF/C, So., Utah
Ike Diogu, PF, Jr., Arizona State#
Rudy Fernandez, SG, 19 yrs, Spain
Mike Hall, SF, Jr., George Washington#
Bryan Hopkins, PG, Jr., SMU#
Dwayne Jones, C, Jr., St. Joseph's#
Erazem Lorberk, PF/C, 21 yrs, Slovenia
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, PF, Jr., George Washington#
J.R. Morris, SG, Jr., Seton Hall
T.J. Parker, PG, Jr., Northwestern
Drago Pasalic, PF, 21 yrs, Croatia
Johan Petro, C, 19 yrs, France
Dusan Sakota, SF, 19 yrs, Greece
Marcus Slaughter, SF, So., San Diego State#
Tiago Splitter, PF, 20 yrs, Brazil
Steven Smith, SF, Jr., LaSalle#
Marko Tomas, SG, 19 yrs, Croatia
Roko Ukic, PG, 21 yrs, Croatia
Charlie Villanueva, SF/PF, So., UConn

(Players who are leaning strongly toward declaring for the 2005 draft)
Hassan Adams, SG, Jr., Arizona
Deji Akindele, C, So., Chicago State
Juan Jose Barea, PG, So., Northeastern
Andrea Bargnani, SF/PF, 20 yrs, Italy
Andray Blatche, PF, HS Sr., NY
Guillermo Diaz, PG/SG, So., Miami
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, HS Sr., MS
Raymond Felton, PG, Jr., North Carolina
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Jr., Louisville
John Gilchrist, PG, Jr., Maryland
Gerald Green, SG, HS Sr., TX
Ersan Ilyasova, SF, 18 yrs, Turkey
Jarrett Jack, PG, Jr., Georgia Tech
Linas Kleiza, SF/PF, So., Missouri
Carl Krauser, PG, Jr., Pittsburgh
Anthony Roberson, PG, Jr., Florida
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Jr., Washington
Curtis Stinson, PG/SG, So., Iowa State
Chris Taft, PF, So., Pittsburgh
Vladimir Veremeenko, PF, 20 yrs, Belarus
Deron Williams, PG, Jr., Illinois
Louis Williams, SG, HS Senior, GA
Antoine Wright, SG, Jr., Texas A&M

(Players pondering a jump to the NBA)
Brandon Bass, PF, Jr., LSU
Ronnie Brewer, PG/SG, So., Arkansas
Mardy Collins, PG, Jr., Temple
Micah Downs, SF, HS Sr., WA
Semih Erden, C, 19 yrs, Turkey
Richard Hendrix, PF, HS Sr., AL
Amir Johnson, PF, HS Sr., CA
Mohammed Kone, C, So., Southern Idaho
Rashad McCants, SG, Jr., North Carolina
CJ Miles, SG, HS Sr., TX
Randolph Morris, C, Fr., Kentucky
Chris Paul, PG, So., Wake Forest
Kosta Perovic, C, 20 yrs, Serbia
JJ Redick, SG, Jr., Duke
Matt Walsh, SG/SF, Jr., Duke
Martell Webster, SG, HS Sr., WA
Shelden Williams, PF, Jr., Duke
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Fr., North Carolina
Bracey Wright, SG, Jr., Indiana
Julian Wright, F, HS Sr., IL

(Top prospects who are unlikely to enter this year)
Josh Boone, C, So., UConn
Dee Brown, SG, Jr., Illinois
Nik Caner-Medley, SF, Jr., Maryland
Rodney Carney, SF, Jr., Memphis
Paul Davis, PF, Jr., Michigan State
Nick Fazekas, PF, So., Nevada
Taj Gray, PF, Jr., Oklahoma
Torin Francis, PF, Jr., Notre Dame
Rudy Gay, SF, Fr., UConn
Daniel Gibson, PG, Fr., Texas
J.R. Giddens, SG, So., Kansas
Mile Ilic, C, 21 yrs, Serbia
Sean May, PF, Jr., North Carolina
Josh McRoberts, F, HS Sr., IN
Adam Morrison, SG/SF, So., Gonzaga
Juan Palacios, SF, Fr., Louisville
Rajon Rondo, PG, Fr., Kentucky
Sergio Rodriguez, PG, 19 yrs, Spain
Peja Samardziski, C, 19 yrs, Macedonia
Craig Smith, PF, Jr. Boston College
Marcus Williams, PG, So., UConn
Uros Tripkovic, PG, 19 yrs, Serbia

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Chris Paul is a biggie for Portland. Not because they will take him, but that Atlanta and Charlotte and New Orleans should each be very interested in taking him because they need a point guard pretty badly and he might have some regional appeal to their fan base.

Even if he isn't chosen by one of those teams, and if Portland is bound and determined not to take him, it increases the value of their pick if a guy the level of Paul comes out. Rudy Gay staying in school hurts a little, but Paul not declaring would really hurt.

Let's cross our fingers he comes out.

Ed O.

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which makes me wonder which of the euro freaks nash and the other scouts had a keen eye on.
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