Testing Out

A standout on the 2004-05 Mountaineer men's basketball team will test the waters of professional play.

Junior Kevin Pittsnogle, who was one of the key cogs in WVU's run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA basketball tournament, has sent a letter to the NBA announcing his intent to enter the NBA draft. Pittsnogle has not signed with an agent, according to a source close to the situation. So long as he does not engage the services of an agent, he can renounce his intention and return to college. The deadline for doing so is June 21.

Pittsnogle hopes to be one of the 72 players selected to participate in the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, which is an invitation-only event. Even if Pittsnogle participates in the camp, he can still remove his name from the draft prior to the June 21 deadline and return to West Virginia for his senior season.

The NBA releases an official list of players who have announced their intention to join the draft on May 14, but "will not confirm or deny the receipt of any requests prior to that date", according to a spokesperson in the league office.

According to the source, Pittsnogle has talked to other Big East players who have entered the draft and then returned to college, and received positive recommendations on following the same path.

One Mountaineer graduated senior, center D'or Fischer, will also reportedly receive an invitation to the Chicago camp.

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