Blatche Will Declare

South Kent (Conn.) 6-11 big man Andray Blatche will test the NBA waters - as expected. After a big year under Raphael Chillious, his body and his game have improved.

As expected, Andray Blatche will put his name in for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Syracuse, N.Y. native, who averaged 27.5 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks per game this season at South Kent (Conn.), told he won't sign with an agent yet.

However, Blatche has already played in a pair of all-star games – the Roundball Classic and the Commonwealth Classic – and he's planning on playing in the Jordan Classic on April 16. If a high school player participates in three all-star games, he is deemed ineligible to play in college.

``I'm not sure I'm 100 percent ready to go to the NBA, but I feel that I'm close," Blatche said.

Blatche, who scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Roundball Classic despite battling food poisoning and finished with 21 in the Commonwealth Classic, said he will fill out the paperwork in the next couple of weeks and send it into the NBA before the May 14 deadline.

``He's improved big-time as a person with his emotions," South Kent coach Raphael Chillious said. "But the only bad thing about that is some people don't think he's tough enough now because he's a little too cautious."

``He's arguably the best player in the class," added Chillious. "He'll be ready if he decides to make his bread and butter in the paint. He needs to do that more, but the problem is that it's so easy for him to draw a big man out and blow by him."

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