Forward Yves Pons has informed Tennessee he is returning for his senior season with the Volunteers rather than try his luck with the NBA draft. ''I'm back,'' Pons announced Monday on Twitter. Pons was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year after tying the Tennessee record with 73 blocked shots.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) -- Forward Sandro Mamukelashvili has opted out of the NBA draft and is returning to Seton Hall for his senior year.
Corey Kispert will not pursue professional options and is returning to Gonzaga for his senior season. Kispert's decision, announced by the school Monday, comes two days after guard Joel Ayayi announced he will be back for his junior season in Spokane. ''Returning to school gives me the best opportunity to not only improve my game to be ready for the NBA, but also to give my best and final shot at the national championship that we have been coming so close to for years,'' Kispert said in a statement.
Michigan State's Xavier Tillman is skipping his senior season and staying in the NBA draft. ''I'm thrilled for Xavier and am very excited for the opportunities he has ahead of him,'' coach Tom Izzo said. Meanwhile, Michigan State guard Aaron Henry told ESPN he would withdraw from the draft and return to school.