He's Back!

It's official: Kevin Pittsnogle will return to the Mountaineers for his senior season.

As first reported on Friday by BlueGoldNews.com, Pittsnogle decided to return to school after taking part in the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago this week. The Martinsburg native had declared himself eligible for the draft in May, but left the option of returning to school open by not signing with an agent.

"I had a great month by playing in different places, and being able to play against better players was a lot of fun. It'll be great to come back to West Virginia and be with my teammates," said Pittsnogle in a conference call with members of the media on Saturday afternoon.

Mountaineer head coach John Beilein was also on the call, and as expected was elated with Kevin's decision.

"There's a bunch of us in the office right now, and we are absolutely thrilled with Kevin's decision," said Beilein. "We're pleased that most of us will be together one more year."

Pittsnogle indicated that he had no regrets about the decision, and Beilein reiterated what he has said all along by calling the situation a "win-win." In the end though, Pittsnogle said he didn't receive a grade high enough to justify leaving school, and thus will happily play one final year in the Coliseum.

"I found out that I wasn't going to be drafted where I needed to be drafted. Hopefully I'll improve and get better at what I need to get better at and get drafted in the first round next year," summed up the 6'10" center. "I think I learned a lot of things that will make me a better player."

With Pittsnogle's return, the Mountaineers will return four of five starters, and seven of their top nine players from last season's Big East runner-up and Elite Eight participant.

Before the camp, Pittsnogle worked out in Florida at the IMG Academy. He noted that he is unsure right now of what the rest of his summer holds, but one would think that a return to IMG can't be ruled out.

Regardless, KP will be back in Morgantown draining threes for Beilein's Bombers.

"We really like the personnel on our team for next year, and obviously we have a very key component of our success last year joining us again," noted Beilein. "We have a small roster, but a good roster."

With Pittsnogle returning, and the nucleus of last season's team still intact, the Mountaineers are ready to gear up for another season.

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