Arkansas is getting its star forward back for his senior season.
The school announced Moses Kingsley has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA Draft and will return to the Razorbacks for the 2016-17 season.
The 6-foot-10 forward was a Second Team All-SEC selection last season after averaging 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds with the Razorbacks as a junior. He was the team’s second-leading scorer and finished second in the SEC with 76 blocks last year. He was also named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award as the nation’s top center.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to go through the draft process, but I’m excited to return to Arkansas for my senior year,” Kingsley said in a statement. “I feel like I can continue to improve and put myself in a better position for the future. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and family for their support and I’m looking forward to putting that Razorback jersey on for one more year.”
The Razorbacks finished 16-16 last season after qualifying for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. They could be poised for a bounceback season with Kingsley returning to the frontcourt. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was ecstatic to have his big man back for one more season.
“Moses got the feedback he needed and we are thrilled to have one of the best players in the SEC returning for his senior season,” Anderson said. “If he improves this year as much as he did last year, he has a chance to be one of the best players in the country.”