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Report: CU Buffs’ McKinley Wright IV to return for senior season

All-Pac-12 point guard announced in spring intention to go through NBA draft process

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Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV is reportedly planning to return to the Buffs for his senior year.

It appears McKinley Wright IV is gearing up to play his senior season with the Colorado Buffaloes.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Friday that Wright will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to school.

CU has not confirmed that Wright will return, but it has been expected that the All-Pac-12 point guard would play with the Buffaloes next season.

In March, forward Tyler Bey and Wright both announced they would go through the pre-draft process and explore the option of turning pro. Bey, a projected second-round pick by several outlets, is expected to remain in the draft pool. Originally scheduled for June 26, the two-round draft has been rescheduled for Oct. 16.

Most mock drafts do not project Wright as being selected. He could, however, be a Player of the Year candidate in the Pac-12 next season.

A three-year starter, the 6-foot Wright has earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors the last two seasons, and he was on the first-team All-Defensive team this past season. He earned All-Defensive team honorable mention his first two seasons with the Buffs.

Wright ranks second on CU’s all-time list for assists (501) and 13th in scoring (1,370). He is just the second player in program history (along with Donnie Boyce) to compile at least 1,000 points, 400 assists and 400 rebounds in his career.