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Andrew Jones to Return to Texas for Sophomore Year

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Sophomore point guard Andrew Jones will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Texas for the coming season, the school announced Monday.

“I really enjoyed the experience, and I believe I got the most out of being able to play against top competition through this process,” Jones said in a release. ” I would like to thank the NBA Executives for allowing me to work out for them and participate in the combine. I feel that I learned a lot and hope to carry that over into my sophomore season.”

Jones averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks kin 27.9 minutes per over the 33 games played during the 2016-17 season.

“Andrew has taken a mature approach to gathering feedback from NBA teams about areas where he can continue to grow,” (Shaka) Smart said. “His work ethic has been terrific, and he is highly motivated to develop and help his team win. Our coaching staff is very excited to help him continue to move forward, on and off the court.”

The Jones news comes just days after Smart received a commitment from maybe the highest ranked recruit since Kevin Durant in five-star forward Mo Bamba. Bamba brings a defensive presence that will stifle opponents offense around the rim. At 7-feet-0, Bamba has a crazy 9’6″ standing reach and 7’9″ wingspan, two stats that jump off the page even from NBA standards.

Despite a 11-22 record for the 2016-17 season, Texas has all the pieces to potentially make a run at the Big 12 title and an NCAA Tourney berth.

 

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