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Monday, June 16
Updated: June 18, 3:53 PM ET
Point guard out of draft, returning for junior year
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Chris Thomas withdrew from the NBA draft on Monday and will return to Notre Dame for his junior season.

Thomas, a 6-foot-1 point guard, said in May he would stay in the draft if he thought he would be among the first 20 players drafted. He later changed his mind and said he would stay in the draft only if he were a first-round pick.

Thomas was not immediately available for comment. A news conference with Thomas and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey was scheduled for later Monday.

Thomas had until Thursday to remove his name from the June 26 draft. He never hired an agent, which would have prevented him from changing his mind.

Thomas averaged 18.7 points last season as Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 for the first time since 1987.

He led the Big East in assists (6.9), ranked second in the conference in free-throw percentage (.871) and sixth in the league in steals (1.82).
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