Stinson and Blalock to Forgo Senior Seasons

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State all-Big 12 guards Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock have announced their intentions for the 2006-07 season. Stinson, a junior from the Bronx, N.Y., and Blalock, a junior from Boston, Mass., will forgo their senior seasons and make themselves available for the NBA Draft.

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State all-Big 12 guards Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock have announced their intentions for the 2006-07 season. Stinson, a junior from the Bronx, N.Y., and Blalock, a junior from Boston, Mass., will forgo their senior seasons and make themselves available for the NBA Draft.

        "I want to thank Coach Morgan, my teammates and the fans for everything they have done for me," Stinson said. "My family is extremely important to me and I want to make sure that my Mom is taken care of. It has been a great ride and I will never forget everybody who has helped me out. Coach Morgan gave me this opportunity. I was not recruited very heavily out of high school. He was always there for me and was loyal to me. I can't thank him enough for that."

        Stinson earned all-Big 12 honors for the third-consecutive season in 2005-06, ranking in the top-35 nationally in scoring (19.4 ppg), assists (5.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg). Stinson ranks 11th on ISU's career scoring charts (1,651 points), fourth on the career steal charts (200) and sixth on the career assist charts (448).

        "I want to thank the fans, the students at Iowa State and everybody who has stood by me for these three years," Blalock said. "I also want to thank Coach Morgan for all his help and assistance. I feel like I have played against some of the best players in the nation while competing in the Big 12 and I am ready to test my game at the next level."

        Blalock earned third-team all-Big 12 honors this past season after ranking second in the Big 12 and 12th nationally in assists (6.1 apg). Blalock, who has 1,078 career points, ranks fifth all-time on ISU's career assist chart with 464 and is tied for sixth in career steals (177).

        "It is immeasurable what these two young men have done for this program and to me personally," Morgan said. "Any success we have had as a team or I have had as a head coach at Iowa State, they are directly responsible for. It is without question that they are both great players and will have success at the next level. Myself, my family and our fans will always have great memories of what Will and Curtis have done for ISU."

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