Cal’s Powe heading to NBA
Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – California forward Leon Powe decided to
make himself available for the 2006 NBA Draft on Wednesday. Powe, however,
does not plan to sign with an agent, leaving him the option of returning to
the Golden Bear program for his junior season.
“My family and I thought this was the best decision right now, to make myself
eligible for the draft without hiring an agent,” said Powe. “I want to leave
all of my options open. I plan on finishing school, too, so whatever happens,
I’m going to finish my degree. That’s what my mom would have wanted.
Selected a second-team All-American last season, Powe averaged a Pac-10-
leading 20.5 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. The two-time All-
Pac-10 performer was also voted Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 conference
tournament after pulling down a tournament-record 20 rebounds in the
quarterfinals against USC and scoring a tourney-record 41 points in the
semifinals against Oregon.
“I would like to thank the coaches for putting me in position to be
successful,” Powe added. “Coach (Ben) Braun, especially, gave me his support
on my decision. He has said he’s behind me no matter what.”
Powe helped Cal to a 20-11 overall record in 2005-06, a third-place finish in
the Pac-10 with a 12-6 mark and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
During his rookie campaign in 2003-04, Powe averaged 15.1 points and 9.5
rebounds per game, becoming the first freshman in the history of the league to
lead the Pac-10 in rebounding. He redshirted in 2004-05 after undergoing a
pair of surgeries to his left knee.
For his career, Powe’s average of 17.8 points is sixth-best ever at Cal and
his rebound rate of 9.8 rebounds is fourth highest in school history.