Andre turns pro

University of Arizona men's basketball player Andre Iguodala has decided to forego his final two seasons and make himself eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft. Iguodala plans to sign with an agent in the near future and has ruled out the possibility of returning to the team.

Iguodala, a 6-foot-6, 207-pound sophomore forward from Springfield, Ill., averaged 12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 30 games this season. He shot 45.0 percent from the floor (136-of-302), including 31.5 percent from three-point range (23-of-73), and 78.8 percent (93-of-118) from the free throw line.

"I want to thank Coach Olson, the coaching staff, my teammates, and the fans in Tucson for their support," said Iguodala. "I feel the time is right for me to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA."

Iguodala, who collected a school record three triple-doubles this season, became the first UA player in history to lead the team in rebounds (253), assists (147) and steals (48) in the same season. He also joins California's Jason Kidd as the only players in Pac-10 history to record three or more triple doubles in a single season. He finished the season as the only Pac-10 player to be ranked in the top 20 in scoring and rebounding and the top 10 in assists, steals and assist:turnover ratio (1.77).

One of the most versatile players in the country, Iguodala scored in double figures in 28 of 62 career appearances. He posted career averages of 9.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and making 34 starts.

1. Iguodala is the sixth Arizona player to leave school early for the NBA Draft in the Lute Olson era, joining Brian Williams (1991), Mike Bibby (1998), Richard Jefferson (2001), Gilbert Arenas (2001) and Michael Wright (2001).

The 2004 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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