April 10, 2003
Doug Wrenn, who recently completed his junior season at the University of Washington, announced that he intends to forego his senior year and make himself available for the NBA Draft. The draft is scheduled for June 26.
Wrenn and his family issued the following statement Wednesday evening:
"First of all, I want to thank the University of Washington for the opportunity to obtain my education and to develop physically and mentally as a basketball player. Though it's been a long journey, after receiving advice from Coach Romar and consulting with my family, I have made the decision to enter the NBA draft.
"Again, I want to thank Barbara Hedges, former Husky Coach Bob Bender and former Husky Assistant Coach Byron Boudreaux, my academic advisor, team physician & trainers, my team, family and friends and special thanks to Husky fans who have supported my efforts over the years."
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward led Washington with 21 double-figure scoring games in 2003 under first-year Coach Lorenzo Romar. Wrenn ranked third among UW scorers with 12.4 points per game. He topped the team with an average of 5.8 rebounds that ranked 12th among Pac-10 players.
Wrenn earned first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a sophomore and also received the league's Newcomer of the Year award in 2002. He 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 1987.
Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau in three consecutive games from Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 2002, becoming the third player in Washington history to accomplish that feat. He recorded four 30-point games and three double-doubles during the 2002 campaign and had 12 games with at least 20 points.
"Doug has been contemplating this for a while," Husky coach Lorenzo Romar said Thursday of Wrenn's decision to declare for the draft. "He feels like he's ready, so we're behind him 100 percent."
Wrenn is the second Washington basketball player to leave school early for the draft, joining Mark Sanford who also departed after his junior season. Sanford was the 30th overall selection in the 1997 draft as a second-round choice of the Miami Heat.
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 in 1999-2000 after appearing in 24 games. Wrenn averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per game for defending national champion UConn.