Bass will return to LSU

LSU forward Brandon Bass, who entered his name into the NBA draft earlier this year, has chosen to withdraw his name from the NBA selection process and remain at LSU for his sophomore season, head coach John Brady announced on Thursday.

Bass had until 4 p.m. Central time on Thursday to decide whether to keep his name in the draft or to remain to LSU for his sophomore season. "I'm extremely excited and pleased that Brandon Bass will return to LSU and be a part of our basketball team next year," Brady said. "Obviously, returning to our team and coming off the freshman year that he had means a great deal to our program." "One of the things that makes me feel good about his decision is he made it based on the information he received and based on what is best for him at this time in his career," Brady said. "I think what he's been through and the workouts he has had, this has done nothing but make him better and improve him. He'll come back as a better player and a more mature player." The SEC Freshman of the Year last season, Bass started all 29 games for the Tigers while averaging 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, with 1.9 blocks. He shot 50.4 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. He will be the Tigers' top returning scorer and rebounder in 2004-05. "I think going through this experience can either get you down or it can make you more motivated about what you can accomplish," Bass said. "I think this showed me that I can eventually improve enough to play on the next level. I met a lot of people and learned a lot of things. I learned what I need to improve on and I got a feel for what my strengths are. It was a tough decision, but I feel good about it. Now I want to get back to LSU, win more games and try to make the team better than last year."

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