Douglas pulls out of draft

By Doug Gorman

Former Jonesboro High School standout Toney Douglas has pulled his name out of next week's NBA draft which will allow him to continue his college career.

Douglas won't return to Auburn University where he enjoyed a stellar freshman season, earning first-team All-American Freshman honors.

Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo granted Douglas a release from his scholarship provided he transfers to a non-SEC School.

In the spring, Douglas elected to test his chances in the NBA draft and worked out for several teams.

However, since he didn't sign with an agent, Douglas is free to return to college after pulling his name out of the draft by Tuesday night's deadline.

Douglas is not granting interviews, but released an e-mailed statement about his decision.

"I have enjoyed the process and the knowledged gain. The NBA general managers spoke highly of me and my talent," Douglas said. "Many of them think in a year or two that I will be a first-round pick. Currently, I have not yet begun to search for another university to attend."

In his one season at Auburn, Douglas put up impressive numbers, ranking fourth in scoring with a 16.9 average . He also pulled down 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game.

As a member of the Jonesboro High School team, Douglas helped lead the Cardinals to three straight trips to the state playoffs, including the 2002 state title game.

He finished his career as Clayton County's all-time leading scorer.