USC Guard Pruitt Declares For The 2007 NBA Draft

April 27, 2007

LOS ANGELES - USC junior guard Gabe Pruitt announced today (April 27) that he has made himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft. Pruitt has indicated he does not plan to sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Trojans for the 2007-08 season.

'I want to go through the process to see where I stand with the NBA people,' said Pruitt. 'I am leaving all of my options open, but I want to test the waters. It is a tough decision for me because I love being part of the Trojan family. My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA and I look at this experience as another step in that direction.'

Pruitt finished third for USC in 2006-07 in scoring with a 12.5 average, while leading the team in assists with 113 and steals with 47 in 26 games. He also led USC in free throw shooting, hitting 80.0 percent, to win the Joe Barbato Award for the team's highest free throw percentage for his second consecutive season.

During the 2006-07 season, Pruitt became the 32nd Trojan in history to reach 1,000 career points scored and currently ranks 25th all-time at USC in scoring with 1,102 points. He also ranks fourth all-time at USC in three-pointers made (179) and sixth in steals (158).

Pruitt helped lead USC to the third round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, where they fell to No. 4 North Carolina, 74-64. Pruitt scored in double figures in all three NCAA Tournament games and had better than a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio (19 to 6).

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