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Wrenn to turn pro

The following is a statement that was faxed to some media outlets from Doug Wrenn's family on Wednesday evening. Following is the content of the statement.<br><br> "First of all, I want to thank the University of <!--Default NodeId For Washington is 558,2005--><A HREF=http://washington.TheInsiders.com>Washington</A> 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 Wrenn¹s decision to declare for the draft. "He feels like he¹s ready, so we¹re 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.

In other hoops news, Sophomore guard Will Conroy was named the KOMO Most Valuable Player, headlining the awards presentation Thursday evening during the annual Husky men's basketball banquet at the Don James Center on the University of Washington campus.

Conroy (Seattle, Wash. / Garfield HS) led the team and ranked fifth among Pac-10 players with 4.0 assists per game. His 12.7-point scoring average ranked second on the team and 20th among conference competitors.

Marlon Shelton (Rochester, Mich.), the only senior on the 2003 Husky roster, was the recipient of two awards. He received the Senior Award and was honored with the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award.

The only other player to collect more than one trophy was red-shirt freshman Mike Jensen (Covington, Wash. / Kentwood HS). He received the KING Most Improved Player Award and was issued the 101 Club Scholar/Athlete plaque.

Sophomore guard David Hudson (Seattle, Wash. / Rainier Beach HS) was the recipient of the Brandon West Walk-on of the Year Award.

A trio of freshmen garnered the remaining three team awards. Guard Nate Robinson (Seattle, Wash. / Rainier Beach HS) received the Hec Edmundson Award designated for the Huskies' most inspirational team member. Robinson played football last season, but announced last week that he will concentrate on basketball for the 2003-04 season. He was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and was named to some freshman All-America teams.

Center Anthony Washington (Seattle, Wash. / Garfield HS) was the recipient of the John Meyers Award for the team's best defensive player.

Forward Bobby Jones (Compton, Calif. / Long Beach Poly HS) claimed the Wurster Award that honors the player deemed Washington's top hustler.

The Huskies registered a 10-17 record in 2003, a season that was highlighted by victories over NCAA Tournament-bound Stanford and Oregon. UW placed ninth in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-13 mark.

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