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Boise’s Webb III hires agent

Boise State junior James Webb III has hired an agent, forgoing his chance to return to the Broncos, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday night. Webb III did not immediately employ an agent after declaring for the draft last month, but is now going full-bore toward his professional future. “I felt ready to commit myself to the NBA draft and was confident with the success I had at Boise State,” Webb told Yahoo Sports. “I’m ready to take the next step in my life and I’m hoping to show teams that I’m always getting better. I think my work ethic will be the most important thing to show teams, but I also need to show them I can shoot well because that has been the biggest knock so far.” The 6-foot-8 forward shot nearly 50 percent from the floor last year, but a paltry 24.8 percent on 109 3-point shot attempts. He did, though, post 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He was one of the nation’s best on the defensive glass with a rebounding percentage of 26.4 on that end of the floor. He’ll need an impressive spring in front of NBA decision-makers to work his way into better draft position, but could be a second-rounder. Webb’s decision is a significant blow to Boise State, which was already set to lose four senior contributors to graduation.