Dupree staying at LSU

Ronald Dupree confirmed today what Tiger Rag hinted toward at the end of the 2001-2002 basketball season. The forward from Biloxi, Miss., says he plans to return to LSU for his senior season.

"In order to put any rumors or speculation to rest, I have committed to return to LSU for my senior year," said Dupree. "My goals are to complete my degree requirements in engineering, do my best to help our team challenge for the SEC championship and then participate in the NCAA Tournament. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to have a successful season, while obtaining my degree which has always been important to me.

"Coach (John) Brady, my mother and I have met, discussed the situation and this is a decision we feel that is best for me. I am excited and looking forward to next season. My time at LSU has been great and it will be even greater for me, our fans, and our team next year," said Dupree.

"Without question, I feel Ronald's decision to return to LSU for his senior year is best for him and certainly good for our program," Brady said. "He has an opportunity to be one of the best or possibly the best player in the Southeastern Conference next year. In addition, he will be on a team that will be in position to win in a significant way. Ronald's pursuit of his engineering degree can also come to pass with an additional year of school. We are excited and pleased with his decision and I am looking forward to coaching him for another season."

Dupree earned second-team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season, averaging 16.2 points per game, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Dupree had the seventh best scoring average in the Southeastern Conference and for the second straight year was second in the league in rebounding.

The Tigers finished with a rush this past season, winning seven of the last eleven games to post a 19-15 overall record, which included two wins in the SEC Tournament and a win over Iowa at Iowa City in the Owens Corning National Invitation Tournament.

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