UConn’s Ryan Boatright to return for senior season

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UConn junior guard Ryan Boatright is returning to school for his senior season, according to multiple reports.

Boatright averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season with the Huskies. He also averaged 1.6 steals per.

Despite a fantastic NCAA Tournament, Boatright was not listed on many mock drafts, and wasn’t projected to land in the first or second round on NBADraft.net or Draftexpress.com.

Scouts say his lack of size (6-0, 168 pounds) and shoot-first mentality will hurt him at the next level. Proving he can run the offense without Shabazz Napier will be beneficial for Boatright as well.

He played lock-down defense and shot the lights out in UConn’s run to the NCAA championship. Boatright averaged 13.6 points and 2 steals per game in the NCAA Tournament.

Boatright, a team tri-captain this season with Napier and Niels Giffey, will be the lone senior on the 2014-15 Huskies.

“I couldn’t be happier that Ryan will be back with us next season,” Ollie said, “not only for his terrific basketball talents, but to provide tremendous senior leadership for us, both on and off the court. The growth and maturity he has shown throughout his career has been wonderful and I expect that to continue as he works toward his degree.”

The news of Boatright’s return will soften the blow for Huskies fans, who learned of junior forward DeAndre Daniels’ decision to leave for the NBA earlier this afternoon.

Daniels is projected to be a late first or second round draft pick.

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