Roy cleared to play

SEATTLE - ­The University of Washington received notice Thursday that freshman Brandon Roy will be immediately eligible to compete for the Husky men¹s basketball team. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Thursday after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6.

According to first-year coach Lorenzo Romar, Roy will suit up for the Huskies tonight, but will not play. Washington (6-7, 1-3 in Pac-10) hosts California (10-2, 3-0) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.

"It¹s obviously something that we have anticipated for a long time," Romar remarked about Thursday¹s phone call from the NCAA. "Brandon is a really good basketball player, but he is also a great human being and the kind of quality person that we want to represent this program. We¹re just anxious to see him get into shape and contribute to this program."

One of the nation¹s premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops.

Roy is the third product of Seattle¹s Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington.

He averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. Roy¹s effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state¹s fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish.

Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons.

Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.

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