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2013 NBA Draft: Tony Snell expects to hire an agent, forgo senior year

New Mexico's Tony Snell is expected to hire an agent and try his hand at the NBA Draft, and giving up his final year with the Lobos.

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New Mexico Lobos guard Tony Snell is expected to make it official at a Monday press conference that he is hiring an agent, and enter the 2013 NBA Draft. The news came on Saturday night via Marvin Lea who is Snell's former club coach:

"Tony loves Noodles," Lea said, referring to the nickname many use for Neal. "When he was hired, it made Tony really take a hard, long look at this decision, but Neal has been great throughout this. With the feedback he was getting and providing to Tony and other feedback we've heard, Tony is confident with his choice to go to the NBA now."

Snell has yet to hire an agent, but Lea just says it is a matter of time.

While the 6-foot-7 guard was named the Mountain West tournament MVP, but Snell had ups and downs during his junior year. He averaged 12.5 points per game, shot 39 percent from beyond the arc and converts 84 percent from the line.

His stat line is not all that impressive but the feedback he has been getting from NBA personell suggest that Snell has a chance to be taken at the end of the first round or early second round. Snell's biggest asset is that he has an NBA-ready jump shot from deep range and beyond the three-point line, and shooters almost always can stick around in the NBA.

In their latest mock drafts, Draft Express has Snell going No. 39 in their 2014 mock draft -- the 2013 mock draft has not been updated in a week -- while NBADraft.Net has him being taken at No. 38.