Breathe a sigh of relief, UMass men’s basketball fans, Chaz Williams isn’t leaving just yet.
The junior point guard considered entering the upcoming NBA Draft right up to Sunday’s midnight deadline, but ultimately decided against it and will return to the Minutemen for his senior season.
Here’s what he tweeted moments before the midnight deadline:
Thank God For Allowing Me 2 Have This Opportunity!! After A Long Month Of Thinking & Talkin 2 My Family, I Decided 2 Return For My Sr Yr!!
— Chaz Juice Williams (@Chaz3Williams) April 29, 2013
Williams is coming off a standout junior campaign in which he averaged 15.5 points per game and 7.3 assists per game (which led the Atlantic 10) as he led UMass to the A-10 Tournament semifinals and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. He was also named to the A-10 first team for the second straight season.
Williams will return to a Minuteman backcourt next season that will include transfer guard Derrick Gordon, who was forced to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. The two are expected to be one of the best backcourt duos in the conference.
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