KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ahead Yves Pons has informed Tennessee he is returning for his senior season with the Volunteers somewhat than consider his luck with the NBA draft.
”I’m back,” Pons declared Monday on Twitter.
Pons was the Southeastern Meeting defensive player of the year just after tying the Tennessee file with 73 blocked shots. The Vols’ season was slash quick just before their initially recreation of the meeting event for the reason that of the coronavirus pandemic.
The forward from Fuveau, France, averaged ten.eight points and 5.four rebounds per recreation past season. He declared in April he would check his draft inventory, with a last decision also delayed by the pandemic. Monday was the deadline for gamers to possibly return to college or remain in the NBA draft now scheduled for Oct. sixteen.
Pons’ decision to return helps make the Vols a preferred in the SEC. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes also added a pair of 5-star recruits in guard Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson to a staff that went 17-14 past season.
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