Hutchison withdraws from NBA draft, will return for senior season

BOISE - Boise State men's basketball standout Chandler Hutchison is returning to school for his senior season, the university announced on Thursday.

Hutchison has officially filed the necessary paperwork to withdraw his name from the 2017 NBA draft and return to college for his final season of eligibility.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunities, interest and feedback I received from many NBA teams," said Hutchison. "The time is right to put my focus back on winning a Mountain West Championship. Everything I learned the last month will help me be a better play, teammate and future draft pick."

It was back on April 10 that the Broncos' leading scorer and First-Team All-Mountain player entered his named into the 2017 NBA draft.

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Hutchison made the decision not to hire an agent leaving the door open for him to return to Boise State as long as he met the May 24 deadline to pull his name out of the draft.

Over the last month, the 6-foot-7 196-pound guard attended multiple private workouts for NBA teams before deciding the right decision was to hone his craft for one more year at the college level.

"All of the evaluations were very encouraging," said Hutchison. "I'll continue to work on extending my shooting range and adding strength while keeping my mobility. The NBA is a grown man's league, but I know if I work even harder than I did last year then by this time next season I will belong. That's all the motivation I need."

The announcement will come as a relief to many Boise State fans, especially considering it came on the same day that we learned the team's second-leading scorer, Paris Austin, was granted a release from the program.

Hutchison ranked fourth in the Mountain West in scoring this past year, averaging 17.4 points per game. He also led the Broncos in rebounds (7.8), steals (1.2) and field goal percentage (49.5%).

During the 2016-17 season, Hutchison became the first player in school history to record 500 points, 200 rebounds and 75 assists in a single-season.

 

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