Local college big men prepared to pursue NBA careers

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 2:36pm

Their decision was the same.

Vanderbilt’s A.J. Ogilvy and Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic – each with one year of college eligibility remaining – declared themselves eligible for the 2010 NBA draft on Thursday.

The certainty with which the two foreign-born players view their current pro prospects are completely different.

Ogilvy, a three-time All-Southeastern second-team selection out of Australia, officially ended his college career with the announcement that he has hired an agent. That meant that in the eyes of the NCAA, he already had become a professional.

“I just think my time here is done,” Ogilvy, a 6-foot-11 center, said. “I’ve enjoyed it, but I think it’s time for me to start the next phase of my life. It was a hard decision, but I think it was the right decision for me.”

Hodzic, the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference player of the Year and an honorable mention Associated Press All-American, was much more cautious.

He has no plans to hire an agent, which means he can change his mind on or before May 8 and retain his eligibility.

Instead, the 6-foot-9 post player who was born in Bosnia views the pre-draft process, during which he can work out for individual NBA teams and gather information regarding his prospects to be selected, as an opportunity to understand what areas of his game might need attention.

“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 see what I can do to become a better professional basketball player in the future.”

The 2010 NBA Draft will take place June 24.