Harrington Won't Return For Senior Season

Auburn, Ala.--<b>Adam Harrington</b> will try to pursue his dream of playing professional basketball and will not be returning for his senior season at Auburn.

The six-foot-five guard and forward has signed with an agent, meaning he can not return to the Tigers even if he has a change of heart. Harrington is currently in Denver, Colo., doing a private workout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets. He hopes to be selected in the June 26 NBA draft.

Harrington played two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from North Carolina State. He averaged 15.5 points and 4.3 rebounds as a sophomore and 10.1 points and 3.9 rebounds this past season.

Adam Harrington is shown during a game this past season.

Harrington's stock with the pros made a big jump when he performed well in workouts for pro teams in Florida this month and followed it up with a good workout for more pro scouts in Auburn this week.

Harrington has been shooting the ball extremely well in pro scouting camps in contrast to his junior season when he slumped to 38.8 percent from the field and 69.6 percent at the foul line after hitting 41.0 percent from the field as a sophomore and 71.3 percent at the foul line.

"It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA, and the feedback has been extremely positive," Harrington said. "This decision has been very tough for me, but I now feel I have a great opportunity to make my dream come true.

"I love Auburn and will miss the university, my teammates, coaches and friends I have made at Auburn, Harrington adds. "I will always be a part of Auburn. I will graduate and cannot wait to be an alumnus from Auburn University. I am truly appreciative of the support I have received from everyone on this decision."

Coach Cliff Ellis said, "We are here to help our people be successful and Adam has a great opportunity. Although we will miss him, we are very happy for him. The feedback that he has received and we have received from the professional ranks has been extremely positive about his opportunity. I am appreciative of the fact that Adam plans to get his degree and he will always be a part of our family."

Harrington will attempt to be one of just 58 players taken in the NBA draft, which includes only two rounds. Last year Auburn underclassmen Jamison Brewer was taken as the 41st overall pick by the Indiana Pacers and made that team's roster.

The only other two Tigers to declare early for the NBA were forward Charles Barkley, the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1984 draft by the Philadelphia '76ers and Mike Jones, a third round pick (63rd overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1988. Barkley became an NBA All-Star and all-time Top 50 pick and he won two Olympic gold medals. Jones did not make it in the NBA, but was a high-scoring forward in the major pro league in Greece.

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