'There's no way he's coming back'
Hoosiers' Davis doesn't expect Jeffries to return next yearPosted: Sunday March 31, 2002 7:20 PM
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jared Jeffries insists he won't make a decision about the NBA until after the national championship game.
Indiana coach Mike Davis doesn't buy it.
"There's no way he's coming back next year," Davis said Sunday, one day before Indiana meets Maryland in the title game. "But, hey, he's in the Final Four, he's in the championship game. That's a decision he has to make with his parents rather than me."
Jeffries, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, is Indiana's leading scorer and rebounder. He also was named the Big Ten player of the year.
Jeffries considered leaving school after his freshman year, but he came back at the urging of his parents.
Now the question is coming more frequently: Will he stay or will he go?
Last Monday, Jeffries said reaching the Final Four would not influence his decision. He said he planned to go fishing for two weeks in Tennessee before making an announcement.
On Sunday, Jeffries backtracked slightly, saying the Hoosiers' postseason run would be a factor.
"I mean, it will be a little bit, definitely, because it's a big impact on my life," he said. "So it'll affect it a little bit, the way I decide."
As for the timeline, Jeffries said that hasn't changed. He probably will announce his decision by April 15.
"The only thing that's different is that we might have a parade Wednesday," he said. "If we have a parade, I won't be able to go fishing till Wednesday night."
Jeffries is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He's third in blocks with 45 and has proven adept enough to handle the ball and run fast breaks.
In Saturday's 73-64 victory over Oklahoma, Jeffries became the fifth sophomore in school history to score 1,000 career points.