Brandon Roy Declared Eligible by NCAA

Jan. 16, 2003

SEATTLE � The University of Washington received notice Thursday thatfreshman Brandon Roy will be immediately eligible to compete for the Huskymen's basketball team.

The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Royofficially enrolled at Washington Thursday after auditing classes since thewinter quarter began on Jan. 6.

According to first-year coach Lorenzo Romar, Roy will suit up for theHuskies tonight, but will not play. Washington (6-7, 1-3 in Pac-10) hostsCalifornia (10-2, 3-0) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.

'It's obviously something that we have anticipated for a long time,' Romarremarked about Thursday's phone call from the NCAA. 'Brandon is a reallygood basketball player, but he is also a great human being and the kind ofquality person that we want to represent this program. We're just anxious tosee him get into shape and contribute to this program.'

One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensustop-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He wasrated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops.

Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the currentHusky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshmancenter Anthony Washington.

He averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including acareer-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. Roy'seffort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a71-70 victory over Snohomish.

Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and wasnamed the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of thoseseasons.

Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend anypre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.

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