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UGA's Yante Maten Returns to UGA for Final Season

ATHENS - Yante Maten is coming back for his final season.

The rising senior announced on his Instagram account Tuesday night that he will return for his final college year and skip the upcoming NBA Draft. Wednesday was the deadline for his to make his choice regarding a professional basketball career. 

“I’ve had a very good experience working out with teams, and it has helped my development out tremendously,” Maten said. “But I have talked it over with my family and decided to return to the University of Georgia for my senior year. Go Dawgs!”

Because Maten didn’t sign with an agent he was eligible to return to the Bulldogs. He averaged 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds last season, but dealt with an injury at the conclusion of the season that kept him from playing in the NIT. 

The Bulldogs have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2015, and Maten’s return will only heighten expectations for the program to play in the Big Dance for only the third time in Mark Fox’s tenure. 

Fox added of Maten's return: “Yante and I spoke often in the past several weeks, and I’m really proud of how he used the NBA draft process. He’s learned a lot, and he will be better because of it. Obviously, we are thrilled he chose to come back for his senior season. His education has also been very important to him since he arrived on campus – and he will have a better path towards graduation now that he is back.”

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