SEATTLE (AP) Washington freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray both declared for the NBA draft Wednesday and will hire agents, ending their college careers after one season and issuing a blow to the Huskies hopes of getting back to the NCAA Tournament next year.
The decision by both players was announced by the school and was not a surprise considering both are projected to be first-round picks after up-and-down seasons where each flashed NBA potential. There were hopes among Washington supporters that one or both would consider returning for their sophomore seasons after the Huskies won 19 games including a number of narrow losses that cost them an NCAA bid, and with highly-touted high school star Markelle Fultz joining the team next season.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was not available for comment, the school said. Washington was eliminated from the NIT with a second-round loss to San Diego State on Monday. When asked at the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas what next season could be like if all players returned, Romar said, "Having a lot of fun. That's what I would say."