Texas’ Kerwin Roach returning for senior season

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Texas guard Kerwin Roach II shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 67-58. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kerwin Roach is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft process to return for his senior season, Texas announced Thursday.

“After getting as much information directly from NBA personnel and talking with my family and my coaches, I’ve decided to return for my senior season at Texas,” Roach said in a statement.

Roach declared for the draft in late March, but didn’t hire an agent so he could return to school if he wanted to. He wasn’t invited to last weekend’s combine.

“I’m hungry for the opportunity to make a career in the NBA, but I realize I have to improve in so many areas on the court,” Roach said. “I’m also on pace to earn my degree, and that is a big deal for me and my family. I’m really excited to get back to work with my returning teammates and a great group of freshmen.”

Last season as junior, Roach led the team in steals with 47. He also was second in assists, third in scoring and fourth in rebounds. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention.

In his first three seasons, Roach has played in 97 games while making 62 starts. 

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