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Temple's Enechionyia pulls out of NBA draft, to return for senior season

Temple's Enechionyia pulls out of NBA draft, to return for senior season
Published On: Mon, May 22
Mar 7, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard/forward Treveon Graham (21) hugs injured Rams guard Briante Weber (R) on the bench on Senior Night in the final minute of the second half against the George Mason Patriots at Stuart Siegel Center. The Rams won 71-60. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It's only May, but it sounds like Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls just got a big boost for next season.

Star forward Obi Enechionyia told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that he will pull his name out of the upcoming NBA draft and will return to North Broad Street for his senior season.

CBSSports' Jon Rothstein first broke word of Enechionyia's decision Monday morning.

The 6-foot-10 Enechionyia was the Owls' leading rebounder last season with 5.8 boards per game. He was also second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.1 points per game. He dropped a season-high 26 points on rival St. Joe's during a 78-72 win on Hawk Hill in November.

Enechionyia can be a matchup problem for opponents with his length and his ability to stretch the floor. He shot 41 percent from field last season and 39 percent from three-point range. He will undoubtedly be the Owls' top frontcourt option this coming year.

But his mentorship and experience will be a big factor this season for the Owls, who will have to lean on underclassmen such as guards Shizz Alston, Alani Moore and Quinton Rose to pick up more of the scoring slack.

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