Rutgers' Douby to enter NBA draft

Updated: May 15, 2006, 7:38 PM ET
Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers guard Quincy Douby will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft, coach Fred Hill announced Monday.

Douby, a first-team All-Big East selection, was sixth nationally in scoring last season at 25.4 points per game and was named honorable mention All-America by The Associated Press.

The 6-3, 175-pound Douby leaves Rutgers as the sixth-leading scorer in school history, with 1,690 points. He set Rutgers single-season records for scoring (839 points) and 3-point field goals (116), along the with single-game record of nine 3s.

"I wish Quincy the very best as he pursues his dream of being an NBA first round draft pick," Hill said in a written statement.

"He was the first Rutgers player to ever be named All-Big East first team, which was a tremendous accomplishment. Rutgers has not had a first-round NBA draft pick since 1983 [Roy Hinson] and has not had a player make the NBA since John Battle in 1985. It would be fantastic if Quincy could be the next one."

Rutgers also announced Monday that two players had been granted releases to transfer to other schools.

Dan Waterstradt of Dearborn Heights, Mich., and Zack Gibson of Grand Blanc, Mich., both wanted to attend schools closer to their homes, Hill said.

Waterstradt, a 6-11, 225-pound forward, averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds while playing 26 games as a sophomore in 2005-06. Gibson, a 6-10, 220-pound forward, averaged 1.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10 games as a freshman.

Hill, who had been a Rutgers assistant, was named head coach in March, succeeding Gary Waters, who accepted a buyout and resigned March 1 with four years left on his contract. Rutgers finished 19-14 last season and earned an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

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