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NBA bound

Simmons decides at last minute to stay in draft pool

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Posted: Wednesday June 20, 2001 3:42 PM
Updated: Wednesday June 20, 2001 6:55 PM
  Bobby Simmons Bobby Simmons averaged 16.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season to lead DePaul. Jamie Squire/Allsport

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bobby Simmons, DePaul's leading scorer and rebounder last season, has decided to stay in the NBA draft and not return to school for his senior season.

Earlier, the 6-foot-7 swingman announced he was putting his name into the draft but not giving up his college eligibility. Wednesday was the deadline for a final decision.

"While I am very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead, I will always consider DePaul home and it will always be a big part of my life," said Simmons, a Chicago prep star.

"Bobby has made major contributions to DePaul both on and off the court and was on track to graduate next season," DePaul coach Pat Kenney said. "Personally, I can't thank him enough for everything he has done for our program."

Simmons, who averaged 16.7 points and 8.6 rebounds last season, could be the third player DePaul loses to the NBA this year.

Sophomore center Steven Hunter and Eddy Curry, one of the country's top prep prospects who had committed to DePaul last fall, are also entering the draft.

Last year, Quentin Richardson left for the NBA after two seasons with the Blue Demons.

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