Clemson guards Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed withdrew their names from NBA Draft consideration as first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and later confirmed by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello.
Neither Mitchell nor Reed received an invitation to work out at the NBA Combine, but had until ten days following the event to withdraw their names with the intention of returning to school.
Reed and Mitchell give the Tigers their two returning leading scorers from last season, with Reed averaging 15.3 points per game and Mitchell 12.2 points and a team-high 119 assists.
The two guards join Elijah Thomas (10.7) as the only Clemson double-digit scorers from a team that reached the Sweet 16 last season for the first time in 21 years.
Each player will be playing as a graduate, and have one year of eligibility remaining.
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell said the following in a statement from the university:
“I’m thrilled that both Shelton and Marcquise decided to finish their careers at Clemson after both earned undergraduate degrees this spring. They are extremely talented players who play well together and should give us one of the better backcourts in the ACC. I’m counting on Shelton, Marcquise and Elijah Thomas to lead this group and build on the momentum of our Sweet 16 run last season.”
With news of Mitchell and Reed returning, the Tigers have one scholarship spot remaining on their roster for the upcoming season.