- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 21, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu withdrew his name from the NBA Draft and will return to the Colonials for his senior season.

Mensah-Bonsu, who was forecast in some mock drafts as a second-round pick, made the announcement at GW’s Smith Center.

Yesterday was the last day early entrants were allowed to withdraw from the draft without losing their college eligibility.

“[NBA scouts] knew I had the potential to be a more polished and skilled player with the glimpses I showed of my ability to play in the post and hopefully one day become a small forward in the NBA,” Mensah-Bonsu said.

Mensah-Bonsu, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds last season while leading the Colonials to a 22-8 record, the Atlantic 10 tournament championship and an NCAA tournament berth. GW lost in the first round to Georgia Tech.

Mensah-Bonsu, named second-team All-A-10, was the second GW player to withdraw his name from the draft. Mike Hall, another second-team All-A-10 player, withdrew his name last week.

The NBA Draft is Tuesday.

Rob Anthes


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