Marquette G James to withdraw from draft and return to school

Updated: June 17, 2007, 6:43 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Marquette sophomore G Dominic James will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school, Marquette coach Tom Crean told ESPN.com Sunday.

"I discussed it over with my family, and it's the best thing for me," James told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

James played in Orlando at the pre-draft camps and only had two workouts, with Houston and New York/New Jersey (shared workout). He was projected to go either late in the second round or undrafted.

"I feel like another year of college, or maybe even two, will set me up for the future," James, who averaged a team-high 14.9 points and 4.9 assists last season, told the paper.

His return should now allow Marquette to compete for the Big East Championship in 2008.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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