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Fresno State's Brunner will enter NBA draft

Fresno State recruit Kenny Brunner, accused of beating a man in a teammate's apartment with a samurai sword, said he will enter the NBA draft.

The point guard transferred from Georgetown to Fresno State in midseason this year and was slated to play for the Bulldogs sometime next season when he becomes eligible.

However, Brunner was suspended indefinitely when he and center Avondre Jones were arrested on March 17 after an acquaintance told police the players threatened him with guns and beat him with samurai swords in Jones' apartment.

The alleged assault happened just hours after the Bulldogs beat Memphis in the NIT and just two days after CBS' 60 Minutes profiled legal and drug problems plaguing Fresno State players. Six of the school's 10 scholarship players served suspensions last season.

Coach Jerry Tarkanian kicked Jones off the team immediately after the arrests and suspended Brunner.

Both players have denied the allegations, pleading innocent in Fresno County Municipal Court on April 16.

Brunner said the arrest didn't push him into declaring himself eligible for the draft, but helped sway his decision.

BULLS: Luc Longley participated in shooting drills for the first time since the regular season ended, but he is still listed as day-to-day on the Bulls' injury report. His bruised knee will keep him out of his second straight playoff game when the Bulls play host to New Jersey on Sunday.

"It's hard to tell what percent I'm at because I haven't really stressed it or challenged it in the last couple of weeks," Longley said after practice at the Berto Center. "I think (playing) Wednesday (in Game 3) is pretty optimistic."

The knee injury, diagnosed as a deep bone bruise after he played two games on it, forced Longley to miss 22 of the final 24 games.