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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:14 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2007

NBA-bound Fazekas, a Nevada senior, leaves school

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada's all-time leading scorer is leaving school to get a head start on the NBA's 2007 draft.

Nick Fazekas is withdrawing and will not finish this semester, coach Mark Fox said on Thursday.

Fox said he was disappointed that the 6-foot-11, 240-pound senior won't graduate and he urged him to stay in school for his final few weeks. He said he was optimistic that Fazekas would finish his education eventually.

Fazekas could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fazekas finished his career with 2,464 points and was Nevada's No. 2 career rebounder with 1,254.

The Arvada, Colo., native led the Pack to a 29-5 record this season and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Memphis.

Fazekas became a starter midway through his freshman season and helped Nevada get to the NCAA Tournament four times. Before his arrival, the Pack hadn't played in the NCAA Tournament since 1985.

Fazekas averaged 20.4 points and 11.1 rebounds, one of only three players that averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in Division I this season.

He was a three-time Western Athletic Conference player of the year and was a second-team selection by The Associated Press this year.

Fazekas explored the NBA draft in 2006, but withdrew to return to Nevada when it wasn't certain he would be a first-round draft choice. Now, based on a consensus of scouts, it appears he'll be picked in the first round this year.