Adnan Hodzic knows what he wants. That is eventually to play in the NBA, just like so many other college basketball players.
What the Lipscomb center does not know is what the personnel people and scouts in that league think about his chances of ever doing so.
With that in mind, Hodzic, the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, declared himself available Thursday for the 2010 Draft, which will take place June 24. That opened the door for him to workout for NBA teams and to collect information about his prospects from individuals franchises as well as the league office.
“I’m putting my name in the NBA draft to get NBA scouts’ opinions,” he said. “That’s my main focus – to get their opinions and see where I stand with the greatest players in the world.”
What he will not do is hire an agent. That means he has until May 8 to remove himself from consideration and play out the final year of his college eligibility.
“I’m not going to deal with anybody except coach (Scott) Sanderson and strictly the NBA teams,” he said. “I’m going to try not to communicate with any agents so I can keep it as legal as possible. That’s my goal because I don’t want to jeopardize my eligibility. That’s the number-one thing on my list.”
Sanderson, who was on the road recruiting supported the move.
“At the end of this process, I know Adnan will make the best decision to attain his goal of playing at the next level,” Sanderson said in a release from the athletics department.
“He’s a man of great character who will always be a part of this family, and we will support him in any way possible.”
Hodzic was the A-Sun’s best player and one of the most consistently productive performers in all of Division I during the 2009-10 season. Last week he earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press.
The 6-foot-9 native of Bosnia averaged 22.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and finished the season with a streak of 57 straight games with 10 or more points – the longest active streak in the nation. He led the nation in field goal percentage (60.4) and his scoring average was the second-highest in Division I.
“After the season I had, I felt my game was elevated, especially in the last five, six games,” he said. “I played against big schools … and I feel like I can play with them.
“This is my dream. I’ve been working as hard as I possibly can for a lot of years. So I felt like it was time to explore my options.”
He just can’t say whether or not it actually is time to become a professional.
“I just decided I should test the waters and see where I stand,” Hodzic said. “… I just hope it helps me see where I stand professionally and what I can do to become a better professional basketball player in the future.”