Sports -- April 17, 2003

Published on Thu, Apr 17, 2003
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Ridnour to enter NBA draft

Blaine native Luke Ridnour, currently attending college at Oregon, has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft. The announcement was made Tuesday evening.

Ridnour, who stands at 6-foot-2, recently faxed his intent to enter the June 26 draft to the league office, located in New York. Currently, Ridnour does not have an agent, which leaves him with the option of withdrawing before the June 19 deadline.

Ridnour, a guard, was the pacific-10 conference player of the year and was selected as MVP of the pacific-10 conference tournament. He averaged 20 points and seven assists per game and shot 38 percent from 3-point range.

In the 2002 NCAA tournament, he helped lead the Ducks to the regional final before losing to Kansas.In 2003, Ridnour missed eight of his first nine shots and finished just 3-of-13 as Oregon lost in the first round to Utah.

Ridnour has had the attention of the basketball world since he was in high school, where he was coached by his father, Rob. Blaine won consecutive class 2A state titles in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. Ridnour then became the Pac-10 conference freshman of the year.

A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday in Eugene.

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