Morrison to sign with agent, enter NBA draft

Updated: April 18, 2006, 10:20 PM ET
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Likely NBA draft lottery pick Adam Morrison will forgo his senior season at Gonzaga and sign with an agent.

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A source close to Morrison told ESPN.com Monday that agent Mark Bartelstein will represent the player. Spokane television stations KHQ, KREM and KXLY and FoxSports.com reported Monday night that Morrison had decided to turn pro. All cited unnamed sources. The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review and The Seattle Times both reported in Tuesday's editions that he would leave, also citing unnamed sources.

Morrison is expected to announce his intentions at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The deadline to declare for the draft is April 29.

His mother would not say if Morrison was turning pro.

"No comment," Wanda Morrison told The Associated Press, adding that any announcement would be handled through Gonzaga University's sports information office.

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Morrison has until April 29 to officially declare for the draft.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not return several telephone messages left by the AP. Gonzaga sports information director Oliver Pierce said he did not know Morrison's future plans.

But speculation has been rampant since Gonzaga lost to UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen that Morrison had played his final game for the Zags.

Morrison and his family hinted as much in a recent interview in Sports Illustrated. A diabetic, Morrison told the magazine he felt he needed to move quickly because of uncertainty over his future health.

"Time is of the essence," Morrison told the magazine. "I'm going to deteriorate a little faster than anyone else."

Morrison constantly monitors his blood sugar during games and sometimes gives himself insulin injections while on the bench.

His father, John, told the magazine that diabetes could cripple his son's hands or feet at any time.

Morrison, who averaged 28.1 points per game last season, is expected to be a first-round choice in the June 28 NBA draft.

Morrison, the West Coast Conference player of the year, edged Duke's J.J. Redick for this year's national scoring title. He finished second to Redick for the Naismith and John R. Wooden Awards for college basketball's player of the year.

In three seasons at Gonzaga, Morrison scored 1,867 points to rank third on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list, behind Frank Burgess (2,196) and Jim McPhee (2,015).

Morrison scored at least 30 points 14 times this season and five times scored at least 40 points as he became the second Bulldogs player to win the national scoring title.

Gonzaga finished 29-4 this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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