Frank Martin and the South Carolina basketball team got some great news on Monday, when it was announced that forward Chris Silva has taken his name out of the NBA draft pool and decided to return to Columbia for his senior season.
The team made the announcement official on Monday afternoon.
Silva led the Gamecocks in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) last season and was a first-team All-SEC selection.
“I’m thankful for the experience of going through the draft process,” Silva said in the release. “I want to thank all of the teams that gave me the opportunity to work out for their organization. I’m excited to announce that I’m returning to South Carolina for my senior season. I can’t wait to get back on the court with my brothers and continue to work on my game.”
Silva also was the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
“Going through the evaluation process was an unbelievable experience for Chris and us,” Martin said. “He comes back to a place he loves with some knowledge on some of the things that we have to help him improve on in his efforts to one day fulfill his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.”