Heath pulls out of draft, returns to San Diego State

Updated: June 16, 2006, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Brandon Heath, the Mountain West player of the year, withdrew his name from the NBA draft Friday and will return to San Diego State for his senior season.

Heath didn't hire an agent, and the decision to withdraw before the June 18 deadline allows Heath to retain his eligibility. He had workouts with a handful of teams, but he didn't get an invitation to the NBA's pre-draft camp.

"During the process of exploring his viability for the draft, he had exposure to several NBA teams," coach Steve Fisher said in a statement released by the school. "He received positive feedback on his game and gained some insight as to what he could do to improve it.

"As we said earlier, this was a win-win situation for Brandon and now he is ready to get back to the business of focusing on his senior year at SDSU and helping our team build upon the success we had last year."

The Aztecs finished 24-9 in 2006, won the conference regular-season and tournament titles and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Indiana in a first-round game.

Heath led the league in scoring at 18.4 points per game.

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