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Boucher, Bell avoid draft, stick with Ducks

EUGENE — Rumors are running wild regarding just which Oregon basketball players will declare for the NBA draft.

Thursday morning, there was a national report that Chris Boucher and Dillon Brooks would declare for the draft without hiring an agent to leave them an option to return to school.

Not true, according to Oregon coach Dana Altman, who tried to clear up all the reports Thursday night.

Oregon announced that Boucher and sophomore forward Jordan Bell have decided to return to school next season, and Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey “are still exploring their options for next year.”

Brooks and Dorsey are currently enrolled in spring classes at the university.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who reported earlier that Boucher would declare for the draft, wrote on Twitter on Thursday night that Brooks told ESPN he will declare for the draft without hiring an agent.

Under new rules this year, players have until April 24 to declare for the draft and can withdraw before May 25. College players can attend the NBA combine on May 11-15 and one team tryout and still return to school.

Brooks, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, was a first-team all-Pac-12 Conference selection after leading Oregon with 16.7 points per game and averaging 5.4 rebounds. He’s not ranked in the top 100 draft prospects by ESPN analyst Chad Ford.

Dorsey, an all-freshman selection after averaging 13.4 points per game, is No. 60 on Ford’s ranking. Boucher is listed at No. 63.