Bass can no longer return to LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU sophomore forward Brandon Bass, the
2005 SEC player of the year, announced late
Friday that he will enter the 2005 NBA draft.

Bass' decision means he cannot play for LSU again. Last year he
decided to test the waters, declaring he was available, but
withdrawing later. A player can only do that once and return to his
old team, however.

Bass averaged 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He scored
in double figures in 27 of 30 games with 12 double doubles.

"I have improved tremendously over the past two years and have
enjoyed my time at LSU," Bass said. "But after carefully seeking
out and gathering all the information I can, I feel this is the
right time to pursue my dream to play in the NBA."

The Tigers were 20-10 overall, 13-5 in the league and the
champions of the Southeastern Conference Western Division this

LSU head coach John Brady said he has supported Bass throughout
his decision-making process and would continue to do so.

"He has taken the necessary steps to make this important
decision. I am confident he will be successful in this next step in
his career and I truly appreciate all he has done for our
basketball program at LSU," Brady said. "He is a tremendous young
man and I have enjoyed having the opportunity to have coached

Bass was also named Louisiana Player of the Year by the
Louisiana Sports Writers Association. He also excelled in the
classroom and earned the SEC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

The 6-8, 252-pounder from Capitol High in Baton Rouge finished
his LSU career with 890 points in 59 games as a starter, with an
average of 15.1 points per game. He averaged 8.2 rebounds over two
years and ranks third all-time in blocks with a total of 104.