Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Providence’s Gomes withdraws from NBA Draft

Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Providence basketball star Ryan Gomes has
withdrawn his name from the 2004 NBA Draft and will return to the Friars for
his senior season.

“This has been an educational process for me,” Gomes said in a statement
released by the school. “I’ve improved my game and learned what I need to do
to become a more complete basketball player. I am looking forward to my senior
year academically and athletically.”

Gomes, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection
in 2003-04 and was named to several All-America teams. He averaged a team-high
18.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, helping the Friars to a 20-9 record and
a third-place finish in the conference.

Providence was a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but was eliminated in a
first-round upset by Pacific.

Gomes ranks 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,468 points
entering his senior season.