Monday , Jun , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Huskies’ Boone to remain in NBA Draft

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Connecticut Huskies junior forward Josh Boone,
who declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft on April 7, announced on
Monday that he will forego his final season of eligibility at UConn and
remain in the draft.

“At this time, I would like to announce that I have decided to remain in the
NBA Draft and will not return to UConn for my senior year,” said Boone. “I
have not yet hired an agent, but will do so in the very near future as I
continue working toward improving my draft status. The past two months have
accomplished exactly what I hoped they would. They have shown me where I am as
a player, and what I need to do to prepare for life in the NBA. The feedback I
have gotten to this point has been positive and I am confident that I am
making the right decision, and improving my draft position with each workout
and each day.”

Over the last three seasons, Boone 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 compiled an 86-18 record.

“Josh has worked very hard and contributed in a big way to our success over
the past three years,” said UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. “He clearly has an
opportunity to play in the NBA and his workouts have shown that he can and
will do that. I will miss Rosalie and the rest of Josh’s family and will most
certainly miss Josh, as a person and as a player. He is a first-class kid who
will be a success at the next level and whose greatest attribute is his
unbelievable desire to win. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to
him coming back for our alumni game in August. He will always be a part of the
UConn basketball family.”

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