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BYU Basketball: Yoeli Childs to return to BYU for junior season

Great news for BYU!

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Two months after announcing he would test the NBA draft waters, Yoeli Childs announced that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to BYU for his junior season.

With the loss of Elijah Bryant a year early, the return of Yoeli Childs gives BYU a clear number one option heading into the 2018-2019 season. Childs is coming off a first team all-WCC season where he averaged 17.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1 steal per game.

While the lost of Bryant is obviously a big one, BYU returns the rest of its main players and will add some key contributors. Nick Emery will be back after missing the 2017-2018 season, and 4-star recruits Gavin Baxter and Connor Harding will be both be off their LDS missions. Harding returns home in June, and Baxter returned earlier this month.

With a schedule that has more top-tier teams than years past (Nevada, San Diego State, Mississippi State, Utah, UNLV, Houston, among others), BYU is putting itself in a position to end a three year NCAA tournament hiatus.

Great to get some good news! BYU fans sure need some.