Freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray announced that they will be entering the 2016 NBA Draft. Both have hired agents, which negates any return to the University of Washington.
Both made announcements via Twitter. The speculation was that both would either stay or go.
Chriss averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 34 games as a Husky.
Murray averaged 16.1 points and 6 boards in 34 games as a Husky.
Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray have elected to enter the 2016 NBA Draft - both will hire agents and will not return in 2016-17— UW Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 24, 2016
This should not surprise anyone. Both have NBA talent, and whether they are ready now or 3 years from now, the reality is that an NBA team will pay them to play this game. And that will happen once each is drafted. We wish them the best of luck in the future.
The move brings a lot of things into question. As Husky fans, we selfishly turn our interest in their moves into what will happen next year. Moreover, what will become of the Romar regime as he loses the top 3 scorers from this year’s team? The subtraction of Andrews, Chriss, and Murray means that Coach Romar is basically starting over again. Sure, he still has Malik Dime, Matisse Thybulle, David Crisp, and the rest returning, as well as Markelle Fultz and Sam Timmons incoming. But, the bottom line will be whether that team can make it to the NCAA Tournament.