By Sam Bush
That breeze and that sound you may have heard if you were driving on Lancaster Avenue last night was Villanova coach Jay Wright breathing a sigh of relief!
Villanova junior Kris Jenkins has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season in 2016-17, the university disclosed last night.
“It was a great experience for me to go through this process,” the 6-6 forward said. “I’m looking forward to concentrating on graduating next year and getting back to work with my teammates at Villanova.”
Jenkins and guard Josh Hart said last month that they planned to enter the NBA draft evaluation process. Players are allowed to withdraw from the draft within 10 days after the NBA combine, which is scheduled for May 11-15 in Chicago.
Jenkins averaged 18.5 points per game over Villanova’s last 14 games. He sank the winning three-pointer at the buzzer as the Wildcats beat North Carolina, 77-74, for the NCAA championship on April 4.