USC men’s basketball team will get another key player back. From multiple sources, guard Elijah Stewart will opt to not enter the NBA Draft and return to the Trojans for his senior season.
USC guard Elijah Stewart will not enter the #NBADraft, opting to RETURN for his senior season.— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) April 25, 2017
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Stewart declared for the NBA draft back in early April, but did not hire an agent making a return to the Trojans open. According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Stewart did not submit the necessary paper work needed for the NBA Draft making it clear that we would return.
During his junior season, Stewart played a key role for the Trojans averaging 12.3 points per game and was one of their more accurate shooters with a 43.1 field goal percentage. His return gives the Trojans an accurate shooter that they’ll need for the 2017-2018 campaign.
USC now awaits to hear from core players forward Bennie Boatwright and guard Shaqquan Aaron will make similar moves or stay in the NBA Draft or join Stewart and returning forward Chimezie Metu. If Aaron and Boatwright opt to return to the team—then USC could be a preseason top-10 team as well as an early favorite to win the Pac-12 Title.