JR Smith announces his intentions

After the big announcement that UNC signee J.R. Smith has decided to put his name into the NBA draft, IC's Clint Jackson talked to JR's father, Earl Smith Sr., who anticipates his son may go higher than expected.

Former UNC commitment JR Smith announced today that he will enter the 2004 NBA Draft.

At approximately 2:15 PM EST, the 6-7 Smith stepped up to the microphone in the board room at St. Benedicts School and told the 10-12 media members that he would test the waters of the NBA draft.

Local papers, online sports web sites and a television crew from New Jersey were all accounted for, and the 19 year old Smith made his announcement.

"It was a great day," said Earl Smith, JR's father. "He did a great job. He spoke well, and did such a professional job."

The senior guard, decked out in shirt and tie has received a guarantee from at least one NBA team that they'd draft him in the first round if he was available, but the elder Smith doesn't think his son will last long on draft day.

"To be honest, I don't think he'll last to the double-digits," said Earl Smith. "I think Philly will take him with the ninth pick if he's still available. People might be shocked as to how high he goes."

The McDonalds All-American saw his stock soar with the NBA scouts and GMs when he scored 25 points in the McDonalds All American game in late March. The athletic wing made several deep three pointers from NBA range and showcased his usual breathtaking athletic ability.

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