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Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:38 am | Updated: 7:46 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona State center Ike Diogu said Tuesday it’s "50-50" whether he’ll enter the NBA draft or return to school for his senior season.

Diogu’s father, Edward, told the Tribune on Monday that Diogu had decided to bypass his senior season, but Diogu insisted that he hasn’t made up his mind.

"Right now I’m just gathering up information," Diogu said, adding that he won’t make an announcement regarding his status until the June 21 deadline for college players to either stay in the draft or renounce their eligibility. The draft is June 28.

Diogu said he talked to his father Tuesday night after learning of his comments to the Tribune and "came to an agreement."

"We got everything out in the open and we’re on the same page," Diogu said.

Diogu, last season’s Pac-10 player of the year, had been projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick, but his stock may be elevating after a series of individual workouts with NBA teams. He has already worked out for Denver, Golden State, Houston and Seattle, and is scheduled to work out with New Jersey on June 15, the Suns on June 17 and finish up with a visit to Toronto. He will attend an NBA draft camp Friday in Chicago, but will not work out.

"Anytime you get a chance to live out a dream, it’s definitely fun," Diogu said of the individual workouts.

But the 6-foot-8 ASU star, who has a 7-foot-4 wing span, said he is truly torn on whether to turn pro.

He said he’s not concerned about which team selects him, but rather how high he might be picked. He said feedback has him all over various draft boards.

His eyes lit up when the possibility of the Suns taking him at No. 21 was mentioned.

"The Suns are one of the best teams in basketball," Diogu said. "That’d be big time."

Diogu said he would have no problem returning to ASU if he thought he could improve his draft status for the following year.

"I feel like we’re going to be a good team. I definitely feel we’re going to be a tournament team. The one thing I think you can improve on (as far as draft status) is by winning."

Diogu led the Pac-10 in scoring (22.6 points per game) and rebounding (9.8) last season, becoming the first conference player in 20 years to accomplish the feat. He was a second-team All-American.

ASU coach Rob Evans is not surprised Diogu is being thorough in his decisionmaking process.

"He doesn’t make snap decisions, never has," Evans said. "He went on five recruiting visits, and contrary to what everybody thought, he picked Arizona State University. Whatever decision he makes will be the right decision."

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