Forward will have three seasons of eligibility

Updated: June 10, 2004, 9:20 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Minnesota native Dan Fitzgerald, a freshman forward at Tulane last season, has accepted a scholarship offer from Marquette and will transfer there this fall, the university said Thursday.

Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward, averaged 4.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 14.8 minutes in 28 games at Tulane in the 2003-04 season.

He had a career-best 16 points, including four 3-pointers, against Marquette in February and had three double-digit scoring games in the final month of the season.

Fitzgerald, a former Street & Smith's High School All-American from St. Paul, Minn., has three years of eligibility remaining. He can practice will the team this season but won't be able to play in games until 2005-06.

"We feel great about bringing someone with Dan's versatility, court awareness and skill level to Marquette," coach Tom Crean said in a statement. "But more importantly, we are privileged to have someone of Dan's character, personality and potential. His improvement over the past few years is very noticeable and we believe he will grow a great deal in our program."

Fitzgerald said he was happy to return to the Midwest, closer to his family.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press named Fitzgerald to its all-state basketball team and he was a McDonalds All-American nominee after his senior season at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota, Minn.


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