Wednesday , Apr , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gonzaga’s Morrison turning pro

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison announced on
Wednesday that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the
NBA Draft.

“It was a tough decision,” Morrison said. “I’ve loved every moment I’ve
experienced at Gonzaga, but I feel I’m ready to take on the challenges of
something I have always dreamed about – an NBA career. The good news for
Gonzaga is that the cupboard isn’t bare and I’m confident Coach (Mark) Few and
the returning players will continue what has become a strong basketball
tradition at Gonzaga.”

Morrison was the nation’s leading scorer this past season at 28.1 ppg and a
consensus All-American. He was the runner-up to Duke’s J.J. Redick for both
the Naismith and Wooden Awards as basketball’s male player of the year. This
past season, the Spokane, Washington native led the Bulldogs to a 29-4
overall record a perfect 14-0 mark in the West Coast Conference, a
conference tournament title and a trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

“We hate to lose Adam, but we wish him well,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few
said. “He leaves as the most decorated player in Gonzaga history. He’s been an
integral force behind what we’ve been able to keep going the past three

Over three seasons, Morrison scored 1,867 points, ranking him third on
the school’s all-time list behind Frank Burgess (2,196) and Jim McPhee