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[JUNE 5, 2004]  CHAMPAIGN -- University of Illinois senior forward Roger Powell Jr. has decided to withdraw his name from the NBA draft list for 2004.

"My best decision is to return to Illinois and play for the Fighting Illini my senior season," Powell said. "I bleed Orange and Blue, and I can't wait for this next season to get started. With all the players we have returning and having Coach Weber here for his second year, it should be a fun and exciting season. Go, Illini!"

Illinois head coach Bruce Weber was happy to hear the news that his senior starter would return for the 2004-05 season.

"I'm happy Roger has decided to return," Weber said. "This decision is best for him and becomes a positive for him and our team and gives him an opportunity to prepare for a possible future professional career."


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Powell averaged 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field in 2003-04.

The Fighting Illini return all five starters and their top 10 scorers from a 26-7 squad that won the Big Ten championship outright and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

[Kent Brown, assistant athletics director,
sports information director,
University of Illinois]

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