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Johnson, Moore declare for NBA Draft

JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore want some feedback from NBA personnel.

They'll get it now after declaring for the NBA Draft Wednesday.

Neither player has hired an agent, leaving open the option of returning to school.

Johnson didn't say Tuesday at the men's basketball banquet whether he planned on hiring an agent.

"I don't know really right now," he told reporters. "I've talked to my coach about both scenarios. I understand the consequences if I did or if I didn't."

But center Johnson also wasn't admitting then whether he was even declaring, so take that for whatever you want.

The official announcement was made via press release from Purdue Wednesday morning.

It was an expected move for both players, though guard Moore Tuesday he is planning on returning to Purdue. But there's no harm in putting your name in the draft to get evaluated.

"I'm confident that this process will make me stronger as a person and as a player," Moore said in a statement. "It's important to me to leave open the option of returning to Purdue, but I also want to take the first step toward getting my game ready for the next level."

I haven't seen Moore on any of the NBA Draft sites as a projected draft pick. Johnson has been listed as a low first-round to second-round pick.

Here's what coach Matt Painter said in his final teleconference when I asked him what Johnson needs to improve: "His defense. That's most important. He's a narrow guy. He's got to gain weight. He needs to get stronger, but he's got to gain weight. The No. 1 thing he needs to do from a basketball standpoint, he's got to work in the offseason at guarding bigger guys, smaller guys, quicker guys and being able to play them one-on-one."