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BU's Bruce withdraws name from NBA draft

BU's Bruce withdraws name from NBA draft

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WACO - Baylor guard Aaron Bruce has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

Bruce, who didn't hire an agent, worked out for Dallas, Houston and San Antonio before pulling out of the draft over the weekend. Monday was the deadline for players who didn't hire an agent to withdraw from the draft.

The 6-foot-3 Australian has averaged 14.3 points, 3.5 assists and 40 percent shooting on 3-pointers in three seasons with the Bears. He has started 74 games.

"I've ventured through this process, and now I have a chance to return to Baylor and turn things around and go to the NCAA tournament," Bruce said in a statement released by the school Monday. "That's been my dream all along."

Bruce has played on several Australian national teams, including at the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Japan. He ranks third in Baylor history in 3-point shooting at 39.9 percent, and he was the nation's leading freshman scorer at 18.2 points per game in 2004-05.

"This was a great process for Aaron to go through," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "It will help him with what he'll be doing next year."

Oklahoma State guard JamesOn Curry announced Monday that he would skip his senior season at Oklahoma State and remain eligible for the NBA draft.

Joining him in the draft are Georgetown's Jeff Green and Washington's Spencer Hawes.

Green, a 6-foot-9 forward, led Georgetown in scoring (14.3 points) and averaged 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists, helping the Hoyas reach the Final Four for the first time in 22 years.

Hawes leaves Washington after a freshman year that failed to meet many of the lofty expectations placed upon one of the most lauded recruits in school history.

He struggled with injury and illness for parts of the season, but still led the Huskies in scoring, averaging nearly 15 points, and was chosen to the Pac-10 all-freshman team.

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