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    Colorado point guard Dinwiddie heading to the NBA

  • Spencer Dinwiddie expects to be healthy and wealthy by summer's end.
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  • Spencer Dinwiddie expects to be healthy and wealthy by summer's end.
    The University of Colorado star point guard announced Thursday he's skipping his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft.
    Dinwiddie said at a news conference in Boulder, Colo., that despite this year's deep pool of talent, "I just don't feel there are that many people in this draft that are better than me."
    Dinwiddie's junior season was cut short when he tore his left ACL Jan. 12 at Washington and needed reconstructive surgery. He said he expects to be back on the court by August.
    "I think I've got first-round talent across the board," he said. "Everybody of course is going to doubt my knee. (But, my) being able to go first week in August and being ready for the season, ... you're going to get Spencer Dinwiddie, not Spencer Dinwiddie with a bad knee."
    A Los Angeles native, Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points and nearly four assists when he got hurt. The Buffs were 14-2 with a signature win over Kansas and ranked 15th at the time. They finished 23-12 and lost to Pittsburgh in their NCAA tournament opener.
    Dinwiddie called it a bittersweet day, saying it was a difficult decision because he loves the program. Had he decided to return next season, the Buffaloes were expected to be a top-10 team nationally.
    "Weighing the chance to do something special here versus something that is more what I would like to do probably, it was really tough," Dinwiddie said.
    He said he was swayed last weekend when his doctor in Houston compared his recovery from knee surgery to that of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who returned from a torn ACL to win NFL MVP honors two seasons ago.
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