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Morris and McDuffie to return 2017-2018 season

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Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie (32) and Shaquille Morris (24) celebrate the Shocker win.

Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie (32) and Shaquille Morris (24) celebrate the Shocker win.

Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts

Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie (32) and Shaquille Morris (24) celebrate the Shocker win.

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Shaquille Morris and Markis McDuffie will both be returning to Wichita State for the 2017-2018 season after withdrawing from the 2017 NBA Draft.

Both players went into the draft without hiring an agent, which allowed them to withdraw from the NBA Draft by the Wednesday deadline without losing their NCAA eligibility.

By not signing with an agent, both Morris and McDuffie were able to attend NBA workouts, allowing them to hear feedback from NBA prospects.

McDuffie attended the Toronto Raptor’s practice on Monday, and reportedly withdrew from the draft on Tuesday.

After withdrawing, McDuffie tweeted Tuesday afternoon:

“After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to return and continue my college basketball career at Wichita State University. As amazing the experience was, how much I learned on and off the court, and the great feedback I got through the NBA Draft process, I want to see what the AAC has in store for us, and also compete for a National Championship with my brothers, coaches, and amazing loyal Shocker fans we have behind us!!! Lessssss get it!!!”

McDuffie, who was named Pre-season First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference for the 2016-2017 season, averaged 25.5 minutes, 11.5 points, and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Morris is entering his last year of eligibility for the Shockers. Morris played an average of 18 minutes per game in the 2016-2017 season with an average of 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Both starters will be returning for the 2017-2018 season, which is projected to be a big season for the Shockers with their new move to the American Athletic Conference.

The Shockers jumped to fifth in the college basketball pre-season rankings from CBS Sports as of Monday.

 

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