Ryan Boatright returning to UConn for senior season

Per multiple reports late Friday afternoon, UConn junior shooting guard Ryan Boatright will return for his senior season.

Boatright averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season for the national champion Huskies. He and senior Shabazz Napier blended into a powerful, dynamic tandem that gave the Huskies a memorable, unprecedented run, becoming the first No. 7 seed to win it all. 

But with no guarantee of being drafted, Boatright has opted to do what Napier did a year ago: bypass the NBA Draft and return for a fourth year of college basketball. He'll be the leading option in scoring for the Huskies, who will be a top-20 preseason team.

"I couldn’t be happier that Ryan will be back with us next season," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. "Not only for his terrific basketball talents, but to provide tremendous senior leadership for us, both on and off the court. The growth and maturity he has shown throughout his career has been wonderful and I expect that to continue as he works toward his degree."

Boatright's teammate, junior DeAndre Daniels, announced earlier on Friday that he would leave school and pursue the NBA. Daniels' stock took a big jump in the final five weeks of the season, and he could break through to the late first round.

UConn will also have Amida Brimah next season, but Brimah underwent left-shoulder surgery on Friday, and he'll be out 4-5 months.

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