CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Mamadi Diakite kept Virginia fans waiting till the very end before Wednesday nights deadline, but the forward announced on social media he will return for his senior season.
Diakite had until midnight on Wednesday to either keep his name in the draft or withdraw his name and return to Virginia. The big man had Wahoo fans up late, but in the end he was "excited" to come back.
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I am excited to announce that after testing the waters and getting great exposure and encouraging feedback, I have decided to return to the University of Virginia for my senior year. I can’t wait to join my coaches and teammates and get to work as we try to win another one. ��
Diakite worked out for NBA teams at the G-League Elite Camp in Chicago, while also holding individual workouts with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings among others.
The senior forward returns after averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. Diakite stood out most helping Virginia win their first National Championship in men's basketball, while averaging 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy all kept their names in the draft as expected. The 2019 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 20th.