Tuesday , Jun , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Colonials’ Mensah-Bonsu returning to school

=== Colonials’ Mensah-Bonsu returning to school ===

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – George Washington University announced
Tuesday that center Pops Mensah-Bonsu withdrew his name from the 2005 NBA
early entry draft list and will return to school for his senior season.

Tuesday marks the final day for underclassmen who have not hired an agent to
pull out of the draft.

“Today, I have decided to take my name out of the NBA Draft and return for my
senior season at George Washington,” Mensah-Bonsu said. “I think my decision
was based on the fact that I want to get my degree. I also want to return to
GW and help the team be a better team going to the tournament, do some things
and hopefully win the A-10 Championship again and graduate with the class I
came in here with.”

Mensah-Bonsu was the team’s top shot blocker last season with 46 and led GW in
shooting percentage at 57 percent (141-of-247). He averaged 12.6 points and
6.6 rebounds per game as the Colonials (22-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) won the
Atlantic 10 regular-season West Division title as well as the conference
tournament. George Washington eventually lost to Georgia Tech in the first
round of the Albuquerque Regional.

“They [NBA scouts] knew I had the potential to be a more polished and skilled
player with the glimpses I showed of my ability to play in the post and
hopefully one day, become a small forward in the NBA,” Mensah-Bonsu added.

This marks the second Colonial in a week to withdraw his name from the draft.
Mike Hall declared last Tuesday that he will also return to school in 2005-06.