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Friday / June 21.
  • Tristen Newton withdraws from NBA Draft, returns to NCAA champion UConn

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    UConn got one key piece of its NCAA championship back early Wednesday.

    Tristen Newton withdrew from the NBA Draft ahead of Wednesday’s deadline and will join Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban as key returners for Dan Hurley’s championship team.

    Junior guard Andre Jackson later announced that he would remain in the Draft, joining sophomore guard Jordan Hawkins and junior forward Adama Sanogo.

    Hawkins is projected as the No. 13 pick by ESPN.com, with Jackson now at 32.

    “Andre was our vocal leader last year, and talking with Coach he’s not gonna ask me to be exactly like Andre – Andre was a great leader, I’ll try to take some of his leadership tendencies and put them into [mine],” Newton told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.

    The 6-foot-5 Newton returns after averaging 10.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

    UConn also brings in a top-5 recruiting class featuring point guard Solo Ball, shooting guards Stephon Castle and Jayden Ross, small forward Jaylin Stewart and big man Youssouf Singare.

    “I am thrilled to coach Tristen for his final year of college basketball,” Hurley said. “He gained valuable experience during this pre-draft process and made an intelligent decision to return to Storrs.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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