Four Florida players to turn pro

April 5, 2007 at 5:53 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Four starters on Florida's national championship basketball team Thursday declared intentions to enter this year's NBA draft.

Guard Taurean Green, forwards Corey Brewer and Al Horford and center Joakim Noah made their declarations at a news conference, when Coach Billy Donovan said he was staying at the Southeast Conference school.

The four players were also starters last season when they won their first NCAA tournament

Donovan had been hotly pursued by fellow SEC member Kentucky, where he was once an assistant coach.

"I do not expect any of them back next season," Donovan said of the quartet at the news conference. "I had five wonderful years in Lexington. That being said, I'm very proud of what we've built here at the University of Florida and I look forward to continuing to build on it."

On Monday, Florida made college sports history with its 84-75 victory over Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament title game. The win made Florida the only school to win national championships in football and basketball in the same season.

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