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Decision looms for Livingston

With his NBA Draft status in the balance and a decision only days away, Shaun Livingston may yet end up in a Blue Devil uniform, according to his father.

"I'm not talking to agents, and he's not really talking to anyone," Reggie Livingston told The Chronicle Wednesday. "He hasn't ruled out going to college, either. I think he still wants to go to Duke, too."

Livingston, projected as a top-10 pick, has been preparing for the upcoming draft with prestigious trainer Tim Grover in Chicago for the past several weeks. He conducted an individual workout Tuesday for the Los Angeles Clippers, who own the draft's second pick, and auditioned Wednesday for the Charlotte Bobcats, who select fourth. He will work out for a number of teams today, including the Phoenix Suns, who have the seventh pick, and the Philadelphia 76ers, owners of the ninth pick in the June 24 draft.

Once the workouts end, Livingston will make his decision whether or not to remain in the draft, which could come as soon as this weekend.

"By Tuesday he should know something, or maybe this weekend," Reggie Livingston said. "He's going to talk to the teams and see where he's at."

The announcement would cap a year flooded with speculation for the young point guard. After one of the nation's most bitterly contested recruiting battles, Livingston declared for Duke in early November and continued to live under a microscope.

The attention intensified during his senior campaign, when Livingston, the consensus No. 2 prep prospect in the nation, averaged 18 points, six rebounds and six assists per game in leading his Peoria Central High School team to a second consecutive Illinois state championship. He declared for the draft in early May, when it became increasingly evident that Livingston's impressive 6-foot-7 frame and precocious point guard skills would translate into a lottery selection.

Since then, Livingston has opted for individual pre-draft workouts, eschewing the Moody Bible Institute pre-draft camp in Chicago, which showcases former Blue Devil teammates Luol Deng and Chris Duhon, along with other NBA hopefuls such as former Texas Tech forward Andre Emmett and Mississippi State forward Lawrence Roberts.


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