Eastern Washington University's loss is the National Basketball Association's gain.
Although he kept open the option to possibly return for his junior season, Rodney Stuckey has eliminated that option by recently hiring Goodwin Sports Management based in Seattle, Wash., to represent him.
On April 25, the sensational Eagle basketball player declared for the NBA draft that takes place on June 28. If he hadn't hired an agent, he could have withdrawn his name by June 18 and returned to EWU next fall.
"We're disappointed to lose him, but we're excited about the opportunity he has in front of him," said Eastern head coach Mike Burns. "For us to have a player in the NBA will be a spectacular accomplishment for our school and our program."
"We've received information from the NBA draft advisory committee and in the last month since he declared," added Burns. "And all of the information we've been provided is that he will be drafted."
Eastern's only previous NBA draftee is Ron Cox, a sixth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977. Although he never played in the NBA regular season, Cox will remain as EWU's all-time leading scorer with 1,741 points as Stuckey finishes his career fourth in school history with 1,438 points.
The only first-round draft choice in the 44-year history of the Big Sky Conference was Michael Ray Richardson from Montana. He was the fourth pick overall by the New York Knickerbockers in 1978.
Stuckey was an All-American at Eastern -- both athletically and academically -- after averaging 24 points per game in each of his two seasons. He helped EWU win 30 games in two seasons and has a 3.34 grade point average.
A 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., Stuckey was a NCAA non-qualifier and had to sit out the 2004-05 season at EWU.
"He came to Eastern as a non-qualifier and left as an Academic All-American and NBA draftee," summed up Burns. "I think it speaks volumes about Rodney's character and work ethic. We're proud of him and we wish him all the best."
Goodwin Sports Management -- founded by twin brothers Aaron and Eric Goodwin -- has negotiated more than $1 billion in contracts for its pro basketball clients. In 17 years of agency work, GSM has represented more than 40 athletes - 12 that have been NBA Draft Lottery selections, four that have earned the prestigious NBA Rookie of the Year Award and five that have received gold medals as members of the USA Olympic Basketball Team.
Besides Stuckey, other clients for GSM who are eligible for June's NBA draft are unanimous college basketball player of the year Kevin Durant of Texas and Al Horford of two-time national champion Florida.
Other clients for GSM include Andre Barrett, Chris Webber, Damon Stoudamire, Delonte West, Dwight Howard, Gary Payton, Jamal Crawford, Leon Powe, Nate Robinson, Salim Stoudamire, Shareef Abdur- Rahim, Todd MacCulloch and Willie Green. From 2003-2005, GSM represented LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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More on Stuckey . . .
For the second-straight season, Eastern Washington University sophomore Rodney Stuckey received honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press as one of the top 63 players in NCAA Division I. The AP announced its 2007 All-America Team on March 26, 2007. The team consisted of five first-team players, five second-team players, five third-team players, and 48 honorable mention picks.
Stuckey led the Big Sky in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He was second in assists with 5.52 per game and second in steals with 2.45 per game. On March 19, Stuckey was selected on the 16-person All-America squad selected by Collegeinsider.com.
Stuckey's All-America accolades are the highest by an Eastern player at the NCAA Division I level, with honorable mention All-America honors being won by Stuckey last season and Alvin Snow in 2004.
Stuckey, a 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., led Eastern to 30 victories in the past two seasons. He is ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring in 2007 with an average of 24.6 points per game after averaging 24.2 as a freshman. He has broken 10 school records and has a current career total of 1,438 points.
In addition, Stuckey was a unanimous selection on the All-Big Sky Conference team. And, with a 3.34 accumulative grade point average, he was selected as a third team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team after earning All-District VIII honors earlier in the season for the second-straight season.
In his freshman season, Collegeinsider.com voted Stuckey as its National Freshman of the Year and this year named him its pick as Big Sky Conference Player of the Year. Earlier this season, Stuckey was selected to the All-District 9 squad by the United States Basketball Writers Association and earned All-District 13 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Collegehoops.net named him as a first team Mid-Major All-America selection.
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