Tuesday , May , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pittsnogle headed to NBA

Morgantown, VA (Sports Network) – West Virginia University junior center
Kevin Pittsnogle announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the
2005 NBA Draft.

However, Pittsnogle will not sign with an agent, leaving the door open for a
possible return to West Virginia next season. Players have until a week before
the draft to pull their name from consideration.

“This is an option that college basketball players are exploring more and more
each year,” says John Beilein. “If he decides there is a lucrative opportunity
out there for him, then I fully support his decision. I like the idea that he
is testing the waters to see where he stands and we will advise him the best
that we can through the process.”

Pittsnogle started 17 games this past season and averaged 11.9 points, 3.7
rebounds and 19.3 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-11 Pittsnogle, WVU’s all-time leader in three-point percentage at
.418 (162- of-388), became the Mountaineers’ 42nd 1,000 point scorer against
Creighton and now shows 1,071 points for his career, which is tied for 36th
best in school history.

He also ranks fifth in career three-point field goals made at WVU (162).

The 2005 NBA Draft will be held on June 28 at Madison Square Garden.