Doug Wrenn to Remain at Washington
April 7, 2002
SEATTLE - Forward Doug Wrenn, the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year, will return next season for his junior year with the University of Washington men's basketball team.
A 6-foot-8 forward from Seattle, Wash., Wrenn announced Sunday that he will not apply for early entry into the NBA Draft.
'I'm definitely returning to Washington next season,' he stated. 'A lot of people have been telling me to consider going into the draft, but I really want to develop next year and help our team win games.'
Wrenn completed his sophomore season in 2001-02 and ranked third among all Pac-10 scorers with an average of 19.5 points per game. That was the 11th best single-season scoring figure in Washington history and the highest by a Husky since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87.
Wrenn was the team's second-leading rebounder with an average of 6.4 per game that ranked 13th among Pac-10 players.
Washington finished the season with an 11-18 record, capped by an 86-64 loss to conference champion Oregon in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies placed eighth in the conference standings with a 5-13 mark.
Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau in three consecutive games from Jan. 31-Feb. 9, becoming the third player in Washington history to accomplish that feat. He recorded four 30-point games and three double-doubles during the recently completed campaign. He registered 12 games with at least 20 points and led all Husky scorers on 21 occasions.
A product of Seattle's O'Dea High School, Wrenn was a Parade All-American and the 1998 Washington state Player of the Year. He transferred to UW from the University of Connecticut where he lettered for one season (1999-2000) and appeared in 24 games. Wrenn averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per game while averaging 7.0 minutes off the bench for defending national champion UConn.
Wrenn credited new Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar for helping him with the decision to remain in school. Romar, who was hired on April 3 to replace Bob Bender, lettered two seasons for the Huskies in 1979-80 and served the previous three years as head coach at Saint Louis. Washington had back-to-back 20-loss seasons in 2000 and 2001 before posting an 11-18 record this year.
'He's the man for the job and I'm sure he will get things turned around,' Wrenn said of Romar who met with Doug and his family over the weekend. 'I want to be a part of something new next year here at Washington.'