June 8, 2002
Chicago, IL (AP) - Both have long held dreams of becoming professional athletes like their fathers and both are projected to be top-10 picks in the June 26 NBA draft.
But neither Mike Dunleavy, a 6-foot-9-inch, 221-pound junior from Duke, nor Curtis Borchardt, a 7-foot, 240-pound junior from Stanford, have decided if they want to go pro or stay in school.
The two met the media Saturday, along with eight other top prospects at the NBA's pre-draft camp.
"If I go through this process (of working out with teams) and I'm happy with everything that's going on and I'm excited I'll probably end up going to the NBA," said Borchardt, son of former NFL offensive lineman Jon Borchardt. "If I don't feel comfortable with it I'll probably go back to school. I don't know the likelihood of either at this point."
Borchardt and Dunleavy both said a leap to the NBA likely would be a gut decision.
"That's how I chose to go to Duke over other schools and this decision's even bigger," said the son of former NBA player and coach Mike Dunleavy. "I think there's no wrong answer but there may be a better one."
Besides Duleavy and Borchardt, other players widely expected to be high first-round NBA draft picks include Jay Williams (Duke), Drew Gooden (Kansas), Caron Butler (Connecticut), Dajuan Wagner (Memphis), Chris Wilcox (Maryland), Jared Jeffries (Indiana), Qyntel Woods (Northeast Mississippi Junior College) and power forward Maybyner "Nene" Hilario from Brazil.
But none of them joined other NBA hopefuls during workouts last week at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Dunleavy could return to Duke be a senior captain. Williams, his teammate and classmate, however, is ready to go.
"Duke has prepared me really well for this," said Williams, a junior who managed to earn his sociology degree this month. "Staying an extra year at Duke was great basketball-wise. It's been good because everyone came after me this year.
"It makes you prepare at a much higher level."