Xavier's Bluiett withdraws from NBA Draft and will return for senior season

Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett (5) celebrates a win over Arizona during an NCAA Tournament college basketball regional semifinal game Thursday, March 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Xavier University has announced that guard Trevon Bluiett has decided to withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to Xavier for his senior season.

“Trevon is one of the best players in all of college basketball and we're excited to have him back in the role of senior leader,” said Xavier University head coach Chris Mack in a press release. “Tre has been a part of three straight NCAA appearances including trips to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. He competes every day and continues to improve in every facet of the game. I know our fans are ecstatic.”

Wednesday is the deadline for underclassmen to either keep their name in the NBA Draft or withdraw from consideration.

Bluiett worked out for the Indiana Pacers on Monday and was planning working out for the New York Knicks on Wednesday, but Rick Broering of reported on Tuesday he had cancelled that workout leading to speculation that Bluiett would be returning.

Bluiett is a two-time First Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection and was second in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring as a junior at 18.5 ppg., including his 40-point game at Cincinnati on Jan. 26, and averaged 21.3 ppg. in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

He is on target to become only the fifth 2,000-point scorer in Xavier history. Bluiett, who has moved up to 15th place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,585 career points, is actually on pace to finish as high as second on XU’s all-time scoring list.

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