Arizona's Alkins withdraws from draft, will return to Tucson

Arizona's Alkins withdraws from draft, will return to Tucson

Lauri Markkanen, Kobi Simmons and Chance Comanche will be the only Arizona players leaving school early for the draft after Allonzo Trier and Alkins made a decision to return.

"After much thought, my family and I have chose to join the 2017 class and become a member of the Arizona Basketball family next season", Akot wrote on Twitter.

"Still have some unfinished business to take care of", Alkins posted Sunday on Twitter. He had been projected to be a second-round pick.

Akot averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists during the two April live periods for Exum Elite Utah Prospects on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.

"Some nice moments for Rawle Alkins", Draft Express analyst Mike Schmitz tweeted during the Combine. Next season's team is going to be a loaded one.

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"My family and I thought I was ready", he said.

Because of the returning players, the Wildcats are ranked high in the preseason polls - and that's without Lauri Markkanen who is still in the NBA Draft. He will join Allonzo Trier and incoming freshman DeAndre Ayton to make the Wildcats one of the favorites for the National Championship next season.

"You know the University of Arizona".

In addition to Alkins and Trier, rising seniors 7-foot Dusan Ristic and guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright both return which will give the Wildcats plenty of leadership on the floor along with talent. Alkins announced his decision on Twitter.

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