Report: Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard plans to withdraw from NBA Draft and return to school

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

The Richmond basketball program can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as one of their starters from a year ago will be back with the program in the fall.

Guard Jacob Gilyard has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Richmond for his senior season, according to CBS Sports Jon Rothstein.

Gilyard's decision comes after junior campaign where the point guard saw his scoring average dip by nearly four points from his stellar sophomore season. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 12.7 points per game last season compared to his 16.2 nightly average in 2018-19. However, Gilyard did average a career-best 5.7 assists per game.

Despite Gilyard's dip in scoring, Richmond finished with their best record in nearly a decade. Before the season was prematurely ended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Spiders were second in the Atlantic 10, trailing only Dayton. A deep run in the A-10 Tournament would have likely earned Richmond a March Madness bid.

The Spiders 24-7 (.774) record was the team's best winning percentage since the 2010-11 season when Richmond finished 29-8 (.784) and was ousted in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament by top-seeded Kansas.

The Atlantic 10 announced last week that the conference planned to limit the travel for seven sports in 2020-21 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but men's and women's basketball were not among those sports included.

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Report: Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard plans to withdraw from NBA Draft and return to school originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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