Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem speaks during a college basketball news conference, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Philadelphia. Notre Dame will play North Carolina on Sunday in the regional finals of the men's NCAA Tournament. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Chris Szagola
May 01, 2016

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Forward V.J. Beachem has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Notre Dame for his senior season.

Beachem made the announcement Sunday night on Twitter, writing that he was thankful for the opportunity to experience the NBA draft process and invitations to work out for teams, ''but now I'm ready to lead (at)ndmbb (hash)IMBACK.''

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points and 3.9 rebounds as the Irish finished 24-12. He was at his best in the NCAA Tournament, when he averaged 17.5 points as the Irish advanced to the Elite Eight for a second straight year.

Coach Mike Brey sent a Tweet saying he was thrilled Beachem will return.

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