Junior Guard Julius Hodge announced today at a 3:00 PM press conference that he will return to N.C. State for his senior season.
A 6'7 guard from Harlem, NY, Hodge saw in action in all 31 games in 2003-2004. He averaged 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 34.9 minutes per contest.
For his efforts, the Wolfpack star was named ACC Player of the Year and 2nd-Team All-American by the Associated Press.
The return of Hodge is considered a major coup for the N.C. State program, with the ACC considered to be arguably stronger in 2004-05.
Duke, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech all return key players, but Hodge is probably the most important star to return given his importantance to NC State.