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By Ryan Feldman
rfeldman@thehoopsreport.com

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kevin Jones has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to West Virginia for his senior year.

"I just felt it was the best situation for me," Jones said about his decision. "I just feel one more year won't hurt me. It can only help me improve my draft stock, and now I have to focus on becoming a better player."

Jones made decision late Sunday night, just before the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline, after meeting with his family in New York.

"Going to the NBA has been a childhood dream of mine," Jones said. "It's kind of hard to not go after the dream and go back to school. But at the same time, I felt that it was the best decision and a decision that will make me better in the long run."

Jones participated in an NBA Draft Combine hosted by the New Jersey Nets in East Rutherford, N.J. before returning home to make his decision.

Jones, who averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season as a junior, said he got some positive feedback from NBA personnel today.

"I got some good feedback," Jones said. "A lot of people were congratulating me and telling me how well I played. I just wanted to show the scouts that I'm more than a one-dimensional player, and they probably got to see more than they can see in a real game."

The first person Jones wanted to inform about his decision was his coach, Bob Huggins. But Jones said Huggins' phone went right to voice mail when he tried to call him, so he hasn't even gotten the opportunity to speak with him yet.

With five seniors graduating, the Mountaineers will have a younger team next season. But Jones is excited about the 2011-12 season and feels that they could be even better than this season.

"The fans are going to be great as always," Jones said. "And I just have a feeling it's going be a special year for us."


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