KU's Dotson, KSU's Sneed withdraw from NBA Draft

Kansas State's Xavier Sneed (20) gets past UC Irvine's Jonathan Galloway (5) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 71-49. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(WIBW) -- Kansas' Devon Dotson and Kansas State's Xavier Sneed announced via their personal twitters that they have pulled their names from the 2019 NBA Draft and will return to college basketball.

Dotson started at point guard the majority of the Jayhawks' games in 2018-19, earning All-Big 12 Third Team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors. He averaged 12.3 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Jayhawks during his freshman season.

"The process did what it was supposed to do, which allows players to participate, be seen and receive feedback," said Bill Self, KU head coach. "After visiting with his family multiple times, Devon came to the conclusion that it was in his best interest to return to school. We feel like we have a very high draft pick in next year's draft returning as our point guard."

Quentin Grimes also withdrew his name from the NBA Draft but elected to transfer from Kansas for his sophomore season.

Sneed was the final of the three players to announce his plans on Wednesday and will return for his senior season.

“He has the ability to be not only the best swing man in the Big 12, but also in the nation," said Bruce Weber, K-State head coach. "There is no doubt that he will be our team leader. From my conversations with him, I believe the NBA experience has been a valuable one for him.

"I know that he will use these experiences to help motivate himself to continue his development as a player, have a special senior season and leave a positive legacy in our program."

Following his draft declaration, Sneed participated in the Pro Basketball Combine and worked out for the Sacramento Kings.

Sneed finished the 2018-19 season fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.6 points per game behind the Wildcats' departing seniors in Barry Brown, Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes. He also ranked second in rebounding and surpassed the 1,000-point scoring mark last season.