Friday , Apr , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Huskies’ Boone declares for NBA Draft

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Connecticut Huskies junior forward Josh Boone
announced on Friday he will enter the 2006 NBA Draft.

Boone said he will not hire an agent, however, meaning he will be able to
withdrawal his name from the draft and return to school for the 2006-07

“Over the last three years at Connecticut, I have played with, and against,
the highest level of competition in college basketball,” said Boone. “I feel
now is the time for me to explore the option of testing my basketball skills
against the best players in the world.”

Over the last three seasons, Boone has played in 103 games with UConn while
averaging 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game over that span.
During his tenure at the school, the Huskies have compiled an 86-18 record.

“I realize this will require a great deal of hard work on my part, but believe
that I am prepared for the challenge of playing in the NBA,” Boone added.

The forward was no stranger to titles during his run with the Huskies, who
brought home the 2004 NCAA National Championship. During his three years,
UConn has also won two Big East regular season titles and one Big East
Tournament championship in addition to its national title.

“As always, I support my players in exploring all of their options and Josh
and his family are no exception,” said Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun. “He has
been and will continue to be a member of our basketball family and we will
always be here to help Josh work through this process and arrive at the best
decision for everyone involved.”

Boone, the 2004-05 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, said he intends on
earning his degree from Connecticut in the near future, a commitment he made
to his mother.

As long as he does not hire an agent, Boone has until June 18 to withdrawal
from the draft, which will be held on June 28.