Powell, Jr. Withdraws Name From 2004 NBA Draft

<b>CHAMPAIGN, IL -</b> University of Illinois senior forward Roger Powell, Jr. has decided to withdraw his name from the 2004 NBA Draft List. <br><br> Read more in this update from IlliniBoard.com

"My best decision is to return to Illinois and play for the Fighting Illini my senior season," Powell said. "I bleed Orange and Blue and I can't wait for this next season to get started. With all the players we have returning and having Coach Weber here for his second year, it should be a fun and exciting season. Go Illini!"

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber was happy to hear the news that his senior starter would return for the 2004-05 season.

"I'm happy Roger has decided to return," Weber said. "This decision is best for him and becomes a positive for him and our team, and gives him an opportunity to prepare for a possible future professional career."

Powell averaged 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field in 2003-04. The Fighting Illini return all five starters and their top 10 scorers from a 26-7 squad who won the outright Big Ten Championship and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
Story courtesy the University of Illinois

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