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Bluiett back at Xavier after mulling NBA

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CINCINNATI (AP) Trevon Bluiett decided to stay at Xavier for his senior season instead of entering the NBA draft on Tuesday, a huge boost to a Musketeers team that reached the Elite Eight last season.

Bluiett was second in the Big East in scoring at 18.5 points per game last season. He had 19 games with 20 or more points, including 40 against crosstown rival Cincinnati.

He was at his best during Xavier's NCAA Tournament run, which ended with its third appearance in the Elite Eight. He averaged 21.3 points, including 21 against Maryland, 29 against Florida State and 25 in a win over Arizona. The Musketeers lost to Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.


UCLA's Welsh, Holiday pull out of draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Center Thomas Welsh and reserve guard Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA after taking their names out of consideration for the NBA draft.

Neither hired an agent while exploring their draft stock. They announced their decisions on Tuesday, a day before the deadline for withdrawing from the draft.


Adel staying at Louisville despite probe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Coach Rick Pitino got some good news while Louisville awaits its fate after an NCAA investigation into the men's basketball program.

Forward Deng Adel has decided to return to school, withdrawing from consideration in the upcoming NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 junior could help the program weather the aftermath of any penalties along with a bigger-than-expected roster turnover.


Michigan adds Ohio graduate Simmons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan added a graduate transfer while waiting to find out if two players are going to keep their names in the NBA draft.

Coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that guard Jaaron Simmons will join the team after graduating from Ohio University. Simmons averaged 15.9 points and 6.5 assists last season, earning all-conference honors.


F Maten decides to return to Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia forward Yante Maten will return for his senior season, coach Mark Fox said Tuesday night.

Maten applied for early entry to the NBA draft last month. Because he didn't hire an agent, Maten had until Wednesday to withdraw his name and stay eligible with the Bulldogs.


Josh Jackson to undergo anger management

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Former Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson must attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year as part of a diversion agreement arising from his confrontation with a Jayhawks women's basketball player last year.

Jackson, who is leaving Kansas after one season and is expected to be a top pick in next month's NBA draft, had pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after he argued with McKenzie Calvert on Dec. 9 outside a bar in Lawrence.


Utah F Kuzma rising up draft boards

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kyle Kuzma wasn't sure how things would play out when he announced plans in late March to test the NBA draft. The Utah Utes junior forward was well aware of the doubters and didn't immediately hire an agent to keep open the option to return for his senior year.

A month later, Kuzma has hired an agent and is rising up the pre-draft rankings after a superb NBA combine and strong individual workouts.

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