Gomes says he will not hire an agent

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence junior Ryan Gomes has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, the school announced Friday.

Gomes, a 6-7, 245-pound forward averaged 18.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for the Friars last season. He led Providence to a 20-9 record and a third-place finish in the Big East.

By not hiring an agent, Gomes would have the chance to return to Providence for his senior season if he withdraws his name from the draft by June 17.

"Over the next month I will continue to gather information and decide what the next step is for me," Gomes said in a statement. "If I do return to Providence for my senior season, I am looking forward to the chance to challenge for the Big East title, advance to the NCAA Tournament and earn my degree."

Gomes, a unanimous selection for the '04 All-Big East First team, posted 13 double-doubles and scored 20 or more points 14 times for the Friars last season, including nine games in which he scored 25 or more points.

"Ryan knows that we want him to take his time with this process and make an educated decision," Friars coach Tim Welsh said. "He is an intelligent young man with a great future ahead of him. We will continue to help him in any way possible."

Gomes is ranked 11th all-time at Providence in points scored with 1,468 over his three seasons.