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Update: Longhorns guard Kerwin Roach returning to Texas, withdraws from NBA Draft

Update, Thursday 1:45 p.m.: Just under two months after declaring for the NBA Draft, Longhorns guard Kerwin Roach has withdrawn his name.

Roach, who averaged 12.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season, will return for another year with Shaka Smart's team.

"After getting as much information directly from NBA personnel and talking with my family and my coaches, I've decided to return for my senior season at Texas," Roach said in a statement Thursday. "I'm hungry for the opportunity to make a career in the NBA, but I realize I have to improve in so many areas on the court. I'm also on pace to earn my degree, and that is a big deal for me and my family. I'm really excited to get back to work with my returning teammates and a great group of freshmen."

Roach ended 2017 strong, scoring a career-high 26 points including 6-of-10 shooting from three in Texas' NCAA Tournament loss. The performance capped off a team-high 14.3 points and 4.1 assists per game across the last 17 contests of the season.

Original story, March 27: Another Longhorn has announced his intention to enter the pro ranks, as Kerwin Roach II declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

"My family and I talked with Coach Smart and we have all decided that it is best for me to test the waters," Roach said in a statement. "We want to see where I may stand in this year's draft, but we're also keeping all options open. We want to get the most accurate feedback directly from the NBA, so we can make the best decision for my future."

Despite Roach's choice to declare for the draft, he could still spend a senior season on the 40 Acres in 2018-19. Roach opted to not hire an agent, making him eligible to return to college if he withdraws his name from draft consideration by April 10.

Roach averaged over 12 points per game in 2017-18, good for fourth on the Longhorns' roster. His 36 percent shooting from three marked a career best. In Texas' season-finale loss to Nevada, Roach tallied 26 points, a game high.

Twitter: @mshap2

Michael Shapiro. A Colorado native, Michael covers Longhorn football and basketball while studying at the University of Texas at Austin.

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