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DeJon Jarreau to withdraw from NBA Draft and return to Houston Cougars men's basketball
UPDATED: July 6, 2020 -- 5:03 p.m. CT
Houston's DeJon Jarreau, 6'5", redshirt senior guard, has decided to withdraw his name from the 2020 NBA Draft to return to the University of Houston to complete his education and compete for Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and the Houston Cougars men's basketball program.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported DeJon's decision first.
DeJon Jarreau tells me that he is returning to Houston next season and will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 6, 2020
Cougars are a consensus Top 25 team entering next year.
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On April 18th, Jarreau put his name into the NBA Draft; however, he did not hire an agent which allowed him to maintain his collegiate eligibility if he decided to withdraw his name before the deadline.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NBA Draft was scheduled to take place June 25; however, the NBA postponed the Draft until October 15.
Jarreau had an inconsistent and uneven 2019-'20 season for Houston. He started 17 of 30 games for Houston this past season. Jarreau averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and nearly 3.0 turnovers per game. He also shot 17.5% (7 for 40) from three-point range.
In five less minutes per game in the 2018-'19 season, Jarreau averaged 8.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.0 turnovers per game. He was named American Athletic Conference Sixth Man of the Year in 2018-'19.
Jarreau's low point of the season was getting suspended 1 game for biting Cincinnati's Mamoudou Diarra in a February 1st road game.
Jarreau's return to the team will help lessen the loss of two key players from last season's squad: Nate Hinton decided to keep his name in the NBA Draft and forward Fabian White Jr suffered a season-ending knee injury at the end of May.
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