Kamau Stokes will return to Kansas State for his junior season.
Stokes, who averaged 11.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds while starting at point guard for the Wildcats last year, withdrew his name from NBA Draft consideration on Monday. A K-State basketball spokesman said Stokes gave the league written notice of his decision to return to college after declaring as an early entrant last month.
He had until Wednesday to pull out of the draft and maintain his college eligibility.
Not thought to be an NBA prospect, Stokes tested the NBA waters as a way to gain exposure and receive feedback from professional scouts. He didn’t hire an agent.
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Early entrants give themselves the ability to participate in NBA workouts before making a decision. Taking this step has become increasingly common in recent years, even for players who largely intend to return to school. Only 60 players will be selected in the NBA Draft in June, yet Stokes was among a large group of 182 that declared early.
Stokes is expected to re-join the K-State basketball team in June when he returns to Manhattan for the start of summer school.
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