Mitchell will return

Tasmin Mitchell tested the NBA Draft waters before he decided to return to LSU for his senior season.

LSU basketball player Tasmin Mitchell made it official early Monday afternoon by faxing the necessary paperwork to the New York offices of the National Basketball Association withdrawing from the June 25 NBA draft.

Mitchell will return as a fifth-year senior for the Tigers in the 2009-10 season. Mitchell averaged 16.3 points per game, eighth in the SEC a year ago, 7.2 rebounds (11th in the league), while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Mitchell earned All-SEC First Team honors as he is one of just nine players in LSU history to have been a primary starter on two Southeastern Conference championship teams.

"Tasmin met with me (Monday) and we faxed the appropriate paperwork to the NBA offices," said LSU Coach Trent Johnson. "Tasmin had a great experience going through this process and he is now excited about getting with his teammates. The team has started lifting at 6:30 a.m. four days a week. I am giving Tasmin the next week and a half off to settle back in and then he will rejoin the team."

"I want to thank God for allowing me to make this decision," Mitchell said Monday. "I'm coming back to a great program and a great coach. My family has really supported me in this process and in the end the best thing was for me to come back to LSU, get my degree (majoring in communication studies), and have one more year to be a Tiger. The workouts went well and some people felt I could have possibly been a second-round pick but in the end it felt better coming home to be an LSU Tiger.

"I want to thank everyone who supported me," the product of Denham Springs said. "There are some great people associated with LSU and it will be exciting to play once again in front of the great fans at LSU. I will do whatever Coach Johnson needs me to do to help this team move forward and continue the great tradition of LSU basketball."

Mitchell through his junior season has 1,468 points and 658 rebounds and has started 105-of-106 career games.


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