NEW YORK -- Weber State's Harold "The Show" Arceneaux and Kentucky's Jamaal Magloire were among 12 players who have withdrawn from the list of those seeking early entry to next week's NBA draft.
Arceneaux, who led his team to a first-round upset of North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, will return to Weber State for his senior year.Magliore, a 6-foot-10 center, was considering entering the draft, depending on how high he would be picked. He kept open his options by not signing with an agent and registering for summer school.
Though he believed he was a certain first-round pick in the NBA draft, Magloire said he went back and forth about the decision several times daily over the last six weeks before telling the NBA to take his name off the list.
"It's been the hardest decision I've ever had to make . . . I had to go with what my heart was saying," Magloire said. "It was a win-win situation."
He averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds last year during an up-and-down junior season. He was suspended twice for disciplinary reasons in the first half of the season, then raised his level of play and became a major contributor in the Wildcats' postseason run to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
Magloire said he wants to go even further in 2000.
"I would like to accomplish another national championship," said Magloire, who was a backup on the Wildcats' 1998 title team. "I think the potential on this team is scary."
Many analysts had projected Magloire as a second-round pick in the draft, but he said he was confident he played himself into the first round -- and a guaranteed three-year, seven-figure contract -- with a strong performance earlier this month at the pre-draft camp in Chicago.
"I think anybody that thought I was going to be a second-round pick is fooling themselves," Magloire said.
Asked where he thought he might go in the draft with another year of college play, Magloire said, "Lottery. I'm going to work my tail off, not accept anything else."
The early entry list now includes four freshmen, nine sophomores, eight juniors, two high school players and four foreigners.
Edwin "Greedy" Daniels of UNLV and Lamont Long of New Mexico also withdrew their names as did several foreign players and a couple from junior colleges.