Pargo Withdraws From NBA Draft

June 16, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University guard Jeremy Pargo has withdrawn his name from the 2008 NBA Draft and will return to the Bulldogs for his senior season.

"After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the 2008 NBA Draft. Playing in the NBA is definitely a goal of mine and one I am confident I will accomplish," Pargo said Monday as he was en route home to spend time with family prior to his return to Gonzaga. "But, at this time, I think it is in my best interest to return to Gonzaga for my senior year. I am excited about our team next year and expect that we will accomplish great things as a group."

Bulldog head coach Mark Few complimented Pargo for the process he undertook in arriving at his decision.

"We are proud of the way Jeremy handled himself throughout the entire process," Few said. "He was able to gain some valuable experiences and information as to what it takes to play at the next level. I know he is excited to return to Gonzaga and get with his teammates, finish his degree and have a great senior year."

Pargo, who announced April 15 he would make himself available for the draft but did not hire an agent, had until today (Monday) to announce his decision whether to return to school or enter the draft. Had he decided to pursue the draft he would have lost his final year of collegiate eligibility.

The native of Chicago, Ill., was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year this past season, the eighth straight season a Bulldog has been so honored. He averaged 12.1 ppg overall, but it was the other facets of his game that often times made life rough for the opposition. He paced the conference in assists at 6.0/game overall and 6.50 in WCC action, he was 10th overall in steals with 1.38 and fourth in WCC games at 2.07 and posted a 1.84 assist/turnover ratio in all games and 2.28 in WCC contests.



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