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Marcus Sasser withdraws from 2022 NBA Draft; returns to Coogs

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POSTED: June 1, 2022 -- 11:04 p.m. CT

Wednesday night, Houston Cougars guard Marcus Sasser will return to compete for the Cougars during the 2022-23 season after withdrawing from the NBA Draft.

Sasser made the announcement Wednesday night on his Instagram and Twitter pages. The Dallas native will compete as a senior in 2022-23 after missing the final 26 games a year ago following season-ending foot surgery.

"It wasn't a hard choice coming back to school to the University of Houston," Sasser said during his Wednesday night media availability session.

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With Sasser, the Cougars return three starters from the 2021-22 team, which posted a 32-6 overall record, swept the American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight season.

Numerous media organizations have Houston among the nation's Top 10 in Way-Too-Early 2022-23 Preseason Rankings with some reaching as high as No. 2.

Sasser was the Cougars' leading scorer with 17.7 points per game in 2021-22 before being sidelined following foot surgery in late December. He started each of the first 12 games, draining at least one 3-pointer in each of those contests, and scored a season-high 26 points in home wins over Rice and Northwestern State inside the Fertitta Center.

Sasser played a key role in the Cougars' return to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1983-84 in 2021. He finished second among the Cougars and ninth in the American Athletic Conference with 13.7 points per game and totaled a career-high 28 points against Tulane.

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