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Miami and Xavier get key pieces back

Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 6:25 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine

Good news for two coaches - one who decided to stay at a high-quality mid-major and one who left for the ACC. Two of college basketball's top underclassmen are returning to school rather than stay in the NBA draft.

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Jim Larranaga, who took over the Hurricanes after leaving George Mason, will have an easier transition now that his star big man is back. "Great news Hurricane fans, Reggie Johnson will return next season." Larranaga reported via his Twitter account, @CanesCoachL.

Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 303-pound center from North Carolina, tested the draft waters after just two seasons in Coral Gables. While he was not a household name by any means, his averages of 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game were nothing to sneeze at. His return will give Larranaga a strong inside presence to build around as the sexagenarian coach attempts to make Miami a contender in the conference of North Carolina and Duke.

A more well-known player will return to Xavier this season, as well. Tu Holloway, the 6-foot junior who scored nearly 20 points per game to go with 5.4 assists per, will withdraw from the draft and play his senior season for Chris Mack. Holloway's return will put Xavier back in the hunt for the A-10 title in the upcoming season, alongside a Temple team that gets Ramone Moore back for one more go-around.
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