Wednesday , Apr , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Gordon declares for NBA Draft

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – UConn guard Ben Gordon announced on Wednesday
that he will forego his senior season and make himself eligible for the NBA
Draft.

Gordon, who is expected to be a lottery pick, averaged a team-leading 18.5
points for the Huskies this past season, helping UConn to its second national
title. He made the announcement at a press conference with Huskies head coach
Jim Calhoun on hand.

“Ben, without question, is one of the finest basketball players to have ever
donned a uniform at UConn,” Calhoun said. “He’s one of the most special kids
that I’ve had the pleasure to coach, and it will be sad because we’ll miss
him.”

Gordon took some time this season to get things going, but came on at the end
of the year to earn MOP honors of the Big East Tournament and averaged 21.2
points in six NCAA Tournament games. He was named to the Final Four All-
Tournament team, averaging 19.5 points in the two games. Gordon was also
named the MOP of the Phoenix Regional after scoring 36 points in the Elite
Eight win over Alabama, tying the UConn record for points in an NCAA
Tournament game.

“Coming into the season, I knew that I wanted this to be my last year,” Gordon
said. “I wanted to win a championship and I had those goals set. Throughout
the course of the season a lot of different things happened where I had to
question if I could leave or not. Just the run that my team and I went on, it
was a pretty easy decision for me.”

For his career, Gordon averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 assists in 106 career
games. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Mt. Vernon, NY native holds the Huskies career
record with 246 three-pointers and his 42.3 percent field goal shooting from
behind the arc ranks second in school history.

“I wanted to play for the Knicks just because it’s at home and everything like
that,” said Gordon on where he would like to play. “But I really just want to
go to a team where I’ll make an instant impact.”

Gordon’s teammate, center Emeka Okafor, is expected to announce later this
week or early next week whether he will enter the NBA Draft. Okafor, a junior,
will graduate early and could be the top pick in this summer’s draft.

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