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AJ enters NBA draft

April 14, 2006

Tallahassee, Fl. - Last week, the Florida State basketball team gave its most improved player award to forward Alexander Johnson.

Now, Johnson wants to see if his game has improved enough to take it to the next level.

The former Dougherty High star notified the NBA Thursday that he is declaring for this year's draft and Alexander Johnson notified Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton of that decision Friday morning.

A.J. though is not hiring an agent which leaves open his return to the Seminole basketball team if he is not satisfied with his NBA prospects.

After disappointing seasons in his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Alexander Johnson earned honorable mention all-ACC honors as a junior averaging 13 points and seven rebounds a game.

His performance had FSU fans optimistic about the Seminoles chances for competing for a conference championship and earning a bid to the NCAA tournament next season.

But next year Alexander Johnson will turn 24 and his age is a big reason in his decision to enter the NBA draft.

Another reason is this year's draft is the first with the new age limit in the NBA collective bargaining agreement that prevents players from jumping to the NBA from high school.

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