Brandon Roy Will Remain at Washington

April 25, 2005

SEATTLE - Junior Brandon Roy announced during a press conference Monday at Bank of America Arena that he will return for his final season with the University of Washington men's basketball team rather than apply for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-6 guard was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2005. He ranked third on the team with a 12.8-point scoring average and was the second-leading rebounder with 5.0 boards per game.

Roy's announcement comes two weeks after another UW junior guard, Nate Robinson, declared his plans to forgo his final year of eligibility and apply for the NBA Draft.

Including Roy, the Huskies return three of their top-five scorers from the 2005 team that had a 29-6 record and advanced to the Sweet 16. Washington tied the 67-year-old school record for wins in a season, won its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.

Washington's 2005-06 squad features a pair of returning starting forwards in Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen. Jones ranked fourth on the 2005 team with 11.2 points per game and Jensen was No. 7 at 6.3. Also returning are Jamaal Williams, whose 9.9-point average was fifth-best on the team, and Joel Smith who scored at a 4.6-point clip as a freshman.

Next season's UW lineup is bolstered by point guard Ryan Appleby, a transfer from Florida who sat out last season as a red-shirt. The former Stanwood (Wash.) High School standout will maintain sophomore eligibility next year.

(Additional information regarding Brandon Roy's announcement to return to Washington, including quotes from Roy and Coach Lorenzo Romar, will be available on this page later this afternoon.)

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