Adam Harrington Files For NBA Draft

Auburn junior guard Adam Harrington filed papers today to make himself eligible for the 2002 NBA Draft, however, he will not sign with an agent according to his announcement today.

The Bernardston, Mass., native has until June 19 to withdraw his name from the June 26 NBA Draft.

"I want to test the NBA waters for my draft status," Harrington said. "I love Auburn University, my coaches, teammates and fans. It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA."

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Harrington averaged 10.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range while making a team-high 52 three-pointers this past season. He came off the bench to lead the Tigers in scoring in the last five regular season games to average 15.0 points during that span. Harrington had a season-high 24 points vs. Southern Miss and 20 points vs. LSU.

As a sophomore in 2000-01, Harrington averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists and was named to the Coaches All-SEC third-team. He shot 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range with a team-high 72 three-pointers made, ranking eighth in the SEC in scoring (15.5), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.3) and ninth in free throw percentage (.713). He scored a career-high 32 points (6-of-9 three-pointers) vs. Detroit, had 27 points (25 in the second half) at #15 Kentucky and pitched in 25 points and eight rebounds vs. #24 Tennessee.

"We will provide Adam with all of the factual information we can gather but it is ultimately his decision," head coach Cliff Ellis said. "As with all of our student-athletes, we want them to be successful in whatever they do."

Harrington transferred to Auburn after averaging a team-high 11.6 points at North Carolina State in 1998-99 to become the first freshman to lead the Wolfpack in scoring in history as he was named to the All-ACC Freshman team.

The 2002 NBA Draft has two rounds with 58 combined picks. Harrington is the fourth Auburn underclassman to declare for the NBA Draft and the second in two years as sophomore point guard Jamison Brewer was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round (41st pick) of the 2001 draft. Brewer played 13 games in his rookie season for the Pacers, averaging 0.3 points, 0.7 assists and 0.5 rebounds in 3.3 minutes per game.

Adam Harrington

The two other Tigers to declare early were future hall-of-famer Charles Barkley, the fifth overall pick by the Philadelphia ‘76ers in 1984 and Mike Jones, a third round pick (63rd overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1988.

Live coverage of NBA Draft 2002 in New York City at The Theater at Madison Square Garden will start at 6 pm Central on TNT and ESPN Radio June 26. A capacity crowd of 5,317 witnessed NBA Draft 2001 at The Theater last year.

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