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Gator recruit still thinking about NBA

Gator recruit still thinking about NBA

Florida basketball recruit Kwame Brown appears to be leaning toward entering the NBA draft, and told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that he believes fellow McDonald's All-American James White will not attend UF if he doesn't.

"I hate to say this, I shouldn't say this," said Brown, a 6-foot-11 power forward from Glynn Academy (Ga.), "but I think if I don't go, he's not going."

Brown said White "might be having second opinions" because of talk that the 6-7 swing forward might be moved to the power forward slot for the Gators so fellow recruit David Lee could play small forward.

"It didn't go over too well," Brown said. "I'm not saying he'd go pro, I just don't think he'd go to the University of Florida."

James White Sr. said it is unlikely that his son, who attended Hargrave Military Academy, would either enter the draft or transfer.

"Kwame's position is a lot better," he said. "But you know how kids are when they talk about dreams. He would get drafted, and the only two athletes better than him in the country (Michigan State's Jason Richardson and Arizona's Richard Jefferson) have declared. We've heard some things from people, but I don't see that."

Brown received a visit from Florida coach Billy Donovan two weeks ago.

"He told me he talked to three NBA general managers, and they said I would go from six to 10 in the draft," said Brown, who averaged 20.2 points and 13.3 rebounds. "He asked me if I still intended on going to Florida. I told him "yes,' but the thing is, I'm going to be honest with you, I'm looking into (the NBA)."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Michigan linebacker Shantee Orr has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly raping a 19-year-old sophomore on campus. Orr, 19, a redshirt freshman, was arraigned Wednesday by 15th District Court Magistrate James Sexsmith in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the charges, which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, according to court records. The woman reported the alleged March 4 assault to school police on March 19. Orr's attorney, Nicholas Roumel, said the player disagreed with the woman's statements about the incident. "Like every story, this has two sides," Roumel said. Coach Lloyd Carr said in a prepared statement that the situation was "an extremely serious and sensitive issue and it is very important that there be no rush to judgment."

COLLEGE BASEBALL: FSU's Karl Jernigan scored in the top of the sixth on a throwing error by Miami catcher Greg Lovelady, as the visiting Seminoles won 10-9. Florida's nine-game SEC winning streak ended in a 9-4 loss to host Georgia. Saint Louis' Dan Shouse threw a complete game as the host Billikens beat South Florida 2-1. Mike Rabelo hit his sixth homer as Tampa beat Lynn 10-1.

SKIING: Olympic champion Bill Johnson has come out of a coma in his slow recovery from a crash three weeks ago in Montana. "He is waking up," said Dr. Molly Hoeflich. Even though Johnson responded to outside stimulus when he was brought to the hospital in Portland on Wednesday, he still technically was considered to be in a coma. But doctors say the 41-year-old skier has made more progress and the term coma no longer applies.

COLLEGES: American Indian activists cheered a federal civil rights panel's call for an end to Indian team names and mascots at non-Indian schools, colleges and universities. The recommendation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights does not carry the weight of law, but activists saw it as an endorsement of their efforts. "This is a great day," said Charlene Teters, a member of the Spokane Nation.

SOCCER: City leaders have asked the organizers of an international tournament to move the event out of Miami because of the Cuban national team's participation in the games. Local commissioners hinted that violence may erupt within the city's large Cuban exile community if the team plays in the Copa Caribe's semifinal matches scheduled for May 25 and 27 in the Orange Bowl. "It's a matter of public safety," commissioner Tomas Regalado said. "We don't need another Elian. The problem is if they come here and win and say, "We dedicate this win to our leader, Fidel Castro.' Then what happens?" Mayor Joe Carollo said the Cuban team will not play in the stadium until "you have a democracy in Cuba."

CYCLING: David Millar won the Circuit de la Sarthe with a victory in the fifth and final stage, a 114.6-mile race from Anger to La Fleche in northwest France. Lance Armstrong, riding for the U.S. Postal Service team, finished 25th, 1 hour and 46 minutes behind the leader.

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