Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Warrick staying at Syracuse

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Syracuse basketball star Hakim Warrick has
decided to return for his senior season.

Warrick, who was contemplating a jump to the NBA, led the Orangemen with
averages of 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. He helped Syracuse win a
national title as a sophomore in 2003.

“It was a tough decision,” said Warrick. “A lot of people said that I could
have been in the first round. It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. I
realize that I’m really close, but I think we have a good shot at winning the
national championship next year and I’m so close to graduating. Hopefully I
can come back and get my degree and another national championship.”

Syracuse lost only one player to graduation and will return all of its
starters from a team that lost to Alabama in the Sweet 16 of last year’s NCAA
Tournament.

“When it was all said and done I really enjoy being here and being at
Syracuse. I enjoy college,” Warrick added.

Warrick said he spoke with former teammate Carmelo Anthony, who left Syracuse
for the NBA after his freshman year.

“Melo told me to go out there and make the best decision for me,” said
Warrick, who also said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim influenced his
decision.

“He told me he would be there for me if I stayed or if I went. I talked to him
a lot through this whole process and we thought it would be best for me if I
came back for my senior year.

“He’s been through this a lot and he’s had a lot of players faced with making
the same decision. Sherman Douglas, John Wallace and Billy Owens all had to
make this decision. Coach just gave me some advice and it really helped me
make my final decision.”

SYRACUSE