St. Bonaventure star point guard Jaylen Adams has removed his name from consideration for the NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season.
The decision, announced Monday by Adams and Bona, sets up the Bonnies for a big season in 2017-18. Bona will have four returning starters from last season’s 20-12 team.
Adams had placed his name into draft consideration in April but did not hire an agent, which allowed for a return to school.
“I learned a lot, mentally most of all,” Adams said in a Bona release. “Playing in front of coaches and general managers with other top guys definitely helped me mature and understand how serious it is. I learned what I need to get batter at. It was the best decision for me and helped me grow. I’m excited about next season here.”
Adams ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 24th in the nation in scoring at 20.6 ppg as a junior. He ranked seventh in the nation in assists at 6.5 per game. He was 22nd in the nation in steals at 2.2 a game.
The 6-foot-2 Adams was not expected to be drafted, based on this spring’s pre-draft rankings. However, NBA scouts were in attendance to evaluate him at many Bona games last season.
Over three seasons, Adams has 1,377 points. He’s within range of becoming the sixth 2,000-point career scorer in Bona history.
“Obviously we are really excited to have Jay back for his senior season,” Bona coach Mark Schmidt said. “He is our floor leader and one of the best point guards in the country. It was beneficial for him to go through the evaluation process, and I know he will be a better player for it.”