Mountain West co-player of year Cummard returning to BYU

Updated: June 15, 2008, 1:32 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

BYU junior guard Lee Cummard, the Mountain West Conference co-player of the year, will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his senior season, BYU coach Dave Rose told ESPN.com Sunday.

Cummard's decision comes on the heels of IUPUI junior guard George Hill's announcement Saturday that he would stay in the draft and sign with an agent.

The deadline to withdraw from the June 26 draft is Monday afternoon.

Cummard, who averaged 15.8 points and 3.5 assists a game, has a chance to be a two-time MWC player of the year and lead the Cougars to the conference title yet again. (Cummard shared the player of the year honors with New Mexico senior J.R. Giddens). Cummard's teammate, junior Trent Plaisted, declared and stayed in the draft when he signed with an agent. Plaisted was second on the team in scoring at 15.6 points a game.

Rose said Cummard had good feedback but no one could make a commitment to him. Cummard wasn't selected to play in the Orlando pre-draft camp last month. But he had workouts with nearly a dozen teams. Still, Rose said the process isn't fair to the players.

"It makes them think that they've failed and that's not the deal," Rose said of deciding not to stay in the draft. "He had great feedback from the league and hopefully he'll have a great year and be in good position next year."

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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