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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2005 1:09 am | Updated: 9:01 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Ike Diogu continued his NBA barnstorming tour on Friday by working out for the local franchise, then said once again that he has not made a final decision regarding the June 28 draft.

The Arizona State junior forward - one of four prospects who took part in a 45-minute session for the Suns at America West Arena - has a Tuesday deadline to withdraw his name from the draft pool.

"Any time you contemplate leaving school, you want to make sure you are a first-round pick in the draft," Diogu said. "I'm gathering all the

information, and the deadline is coming. Hopefully, I'll make the right


If Friday's workout is any indication, Diogu could be convincing the league that he is a first-rounder. The 6-foot-8, 255-pounder made an impression with quick, aggressive post work and a nice outside shot.

Phoenix owns the 21st overall selection in the June28 draft. Some

observers of Friday's workout doubted that Diogu - who averaged 22.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2004-05 - would still be on the board then.

"He's a basketball player, a guy who can put his back to the basket and spread the floor," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Those are important qualities to the Phoenix Suns, qualities that you can't teach. He has those qualities."

Diogu has already worked out for six other teams - Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, New Jersey and Seattle. Workouts in Boston, Memphis, Sacramento and Utah have been scheduled, though Diogu can cancel those should he choose to return to school.

The other players who worked out for the Suns on Friday were Pepperdine forward Alex Acker, Kansas State forward Jeremiah Massey and Marcus Viera, a forward who last year played for Premiata in the Italian League.

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