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Monday / July 4.
  • Nets Leaning Toward Taking Favors; Lopez Suffered From Mono; 48 Players W/draw from Draft

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –– The Nets are strongly leaning toward taking Derrick Favors with the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft, multiple team sources said.

    “He’s the most natural power forward,” one source said.

    The Nets, who already have a center in Brook Lopez, will work out the 6-10 Favors and 6-11 DeMarcus Cousins June 21. On Thursday, they will look at 6-7 Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson, another player they are considering.

    “Favors is 18 years old, won’t be 19 until September. So he’s like a work in progress,” Nets president Rod Thorn said at the press conference introducing Avery Johnson as the  team’s new coach.

    With Cousins, a center, and Johnson, a small forward, the Nets are seeking to get other questions answered.

    “Cousins, can he play forward?” Thorn said. “Is there any chance he can play power forward or is he strictly a five?

    “With Johnson, we want to see how can he put the ball on the floor.”

    Thorn also pointed out that Johnson, who turns 23 next month, is older than the others because he transferred from Iowa State and sat out a year. Favors and Cousins were both one-and-dones.

    Favors averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 boards in his single season at Tech. Over his final 10 games, he averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 64 percent from the field and 78 percent from the stripe in ACC games.

    “You’re looking for a guy who can play,” Thorn said.

    BROOK LOPEZ SUFFERED FROM MONO

    Lopez revealed to the media for the first time that he had suffered from mononucleosis for about a month and that he has been over it for “a month, a month and a half about now.”

    “Isn’t that embarrassing?” Lopez asked. “I feel fine now.”

    Lopez said he dropped from 240 pounds to 220.

    “That’s why [my clothes] are a bit baggy,” he said.

    Lopez and his twin brother, Robin, have been out in Phoenix training at the Athletes Performance Facility.

    He said he wanted to go to a Suns-Lakers game in Los Angeles, but his mother wouldn’t let him.

    “I begged my mom to let me go to one of the Suns games in L.A.,” he said, “but she shot me down, shot me down.”

    48 PLAYERS WITHDRAW FROM NBA DRAFT

    48 players who had declared as early entry candidates for the 2010 NBA Draft have withdrawn. There are 50 collegiate and five international prospects that remain early entry candidates.

    The 2010 NBA Draft will be held June 24 at the The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

    Here is the list of players from U.S. colleges and institutions who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2010 NBA Draft:

    Player School

    Lavoy Allen                                        Temple

    Kevin Anderson                                Richmond

    Talor Battle                                        Penn State

    Keith Benson                                        Oakland

    Anatoly Bose                                        Nicholls State

    Dee Bost                                        Mississippi State

    Carlon Brown                                        Utah

    Mike Davis                                        Illinois

    Paul Davis                                        Winston-Salem State

    Malcolm Delaney                                Virginia Tech

    Kenneth Faried                                        Morehead State

    Jimmer Fredette                                BYU

    Anthony Gurley                                        Massachusetts

    Jeremy Hazell                                        Seton Hall

    Adnan Hodzic                                        Lipscomb

    JaJuan Johnson                                        Purdue

    Ravern Johnson                                        Mississippi State

    Cameron Jones                                        Northern Arizona

    Kenny Lawson                                        Creighton

    Demetri McCamey                                Illinois

    E’Twaun Moore                                Purdue

    Arnett Moultrie                                        UTEP

    Rico Pickett                                        Manhattan

    Eniel Polynice                                        Mississippi

    Herb Pope                                        Seton Hall

    Jeff Robinson                                        Seton Hall

    Tracy Smith                                        North Carolina State

    Alex Tyus                                        Florida

    Quinton Watkins                                San Diego State

    Chris Wright                                        Dayton

    Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2010 NBA Draft:

    Player                                Team/Country*

    Pablo Aguilar                        Granada (Spain)

    Andrew Albicy                        Paris-Levallois (France)

    Robin Benzing                        Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)

    Stefan Bircevic                        Metalac (Serbia)

    Bojan Bogdanovic                        Cibona (Croatia)

    Sarra Camara                        Le Havre (France)

    Antoine Diot                        Le Mans (France)

    Bangaly Fofana                        Asvel (France)

    Miralem Halilovic                        Sloboda Dita (Bosnia)

    Edwin Jackson                        Rouen (France)

    Mindaugas Kuzminskas                        Siauliai (Lithuania)

    Luc Louves                        Maurienne (France)

    Uros Lukovic                        Radnicki Basket (Serbia)

    Donatas Motiejunas                        Benetton Treviso (Italy)

    Tomasz Nowakowski                        Luka Koper (Slovenia)

    Xavier Rabaseda                        FC Barcelona (Spain)

    Fernando Raposo                        Pau Orthez (France)

    Semen Shashkov                                Ural Ekaterinburg (Russia)

    *Country indicates where team plays, not country of nationality.

    Following is the list of players from U.S colleges and institutions who remain early entry candidates for the 2010 NBA Draft:

    Player School

    Solomon Alabi                        Florida State

    Cole Aldrich                        Kansas

    Al-Farouq Aminu                        Wake Forest

    James Anderson                        Oklahoma State

    Luke Babbitt                        Nevada

    Armon Bassett                        Ohio

    Eric Bledsoe                        Kentucky

    Craig Brackins                        Iowa State

    Avery Bradley                        Texas

    Derrick Caracter                        UTEP

    DeMarcus Cousins                        Kentucky

    Jordan Crawford                        Xavier

    Ed Davis                        North Carolina

    Devin Ebanks                        West Virginia

    Derrick Favors                        Georgia Tech

    Courtney Fortson                        Arkansas

    Keith “Tiny” Gallon                        Oklahoma

    Charles Garcia                        Seattle

    Paul George                        Fresno State

    Manny Harris                        Michigan

    Gordon Hayward                        Butler

    Xavier Henry                        Kansas

    Darington Hobson                        New Mexico

    Armon Johnson                        Nevada

    Wesley Johnson                        Syracuse

    Dominique Jones                        South Florida

    Mac Koshwal                        DePaul

    Sylven Landesberg                        Virginia

    Gani Lawal                        Georgia Tech

    Tommy Mason-Griffin                        Oklahoma

    Elijah Millsap                        Alabama-Birmingham

    Greg Monroe                        Georgetown

    A.J. Ogilvy                        Vanderbilt

    Daniel Orton                        Kentucky

    Patrick Patterson                        Kentucky

    Samardo Samuels                        Louisville

    Larry Sanders                        Virginia Commonwealth

    John Sloan                        Huntingdon (AL)

    Lance Stephenson                        Cincinnati

    Lazar Trifunovic                        Radford

    Evan Turner                        Ohio State

    Ekpe Udoh                        Baylor

    John Wall                        Kentucky

    Willie Warren                        Oklahoma

    C.J. Webster                        San Jose State

    Terrico White                        Mississippi

    Hassan Whiteside                        Marshall

    Elliot Williams                        Memphis

    Stevy Worah-Ozimo                        Slippery Rock

    Jahmar Young                                    New Mexico State

    The following is the list of international players who remain early entry candidates for the 2010 NBA Draft:

    Player                                                Team/Country*

    Thomas Heurtel                        Strasbourg (France)

    Dusan Korac                        Centar (Montenegro)

    Tibor Pleiss                        Brose Baskets (Germany)

    Ryan Richards                        Gran Canaria (Spain)

    Kevin Séraphin                                        Cholet (France)

    (Photo courtesy NBA.com)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.