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Jamison going pro

Antawn Jamison, college basketball's player of the year, is skipping his senior year at North Carolina to enter the NBA.

"If I would have stayed, it would have been for selfish reasons like breaking records," he said during a campus news conference today. "Once you really think about it, there's not much more to accomplish, other than maybe winning a national championship."

The 6-foot-9 forward said he reached the decision Wednesday after consulting with coach Bill Guthridge and former coach Dean Smith, who told him he probably would be among the the top five picks in the June 24 draft.

Jamison is the 13th player to declare early for the NBA draft, joining such prominent players as Mike Bibby of Arizona, Paul Pierce of Kansas and Robert Traylor of Michigan. Among the 13 are two high school players.

Jamison said a key element in his decision was that he can graduate after the second session of summer school this year.

Duncan named top rookie

SAN ANTONIO _ Tim Duncan, a major force in leading the Spurs to a record turnaround this season, was overwhelmingly voted Rookie of the Year.

"It's a goal I had coming into this year," he said.

The No. 1 draft pick from Wake Forest received 113 of 116 votes (97 percent) from a panel of writers and broadcasters. New Jersey's Keith Van Horn got the other votes.

Duncan's margin of victory as the largest since Shaquille O'Neal received 98 percent of the vote in 1992-93.

The Spurs went 56-26 in the regular season, an improvement of 36 victories from 1996-97