Watch out for Texas: Andrew Jones withdraws from NBA Draft
Texas guard Andrew Jones added to the Longhorns’ great month Monday by announcing he will exit his name from the NBA Draft and return for his sophomore season.
“I’ve matured and learned a lot through this process,” Jones wrote on Twitter two days before the NCAA’s (NBA Draft)withdrawal deadline for players who haven’t hired agents. “I enjoyed the experience and opportunity that I had to be able to participate in the [NBA combine] and team workouts.”
Jones, who averaged 11.4 points and 3.5 assists last season, will now be counted on as a leader. In addition to Jones, the Longhorns will introduce a dream recruiting class that features four four-star recruits and Mohamed Bamba, the No. 2 player in the class, according to 247 Composite.
The Longhorns were an abysmal 11-22 last season. They also lost Tevin Mack, last year’s top scorer (transfer) nba jerseys, and former five-star center Jarrett Allen (NBA Draft).
Jones’ decision to stay in school should give coach Shaka Smart some versatility on the wing to team with incoming freshman point guard Matt Coleman and Bamba in the paint.
It’s been a rough ride for Texas recently, but this could be Smart’s breakout season in burnt orange.