May 22, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Seton Hall center Angel Delgado has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

Delgado announced the news in a statement released by the Big East Conference school Monday.

Delgado led the nation in rebounding (13.1) and was second in double-doubles with (27). He averaged 15.2 points as the Pirates (21-12) made the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. They lost to Arkansas in the first round.

The player from the Dominican Republic set a conference single-season record by averaging 14.1 rebounds. He was the recipient of the Haggerty Award, given to the Metro New York region's player of the year and was a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award for best center in Division I.

Delgado's return makes Seton Hall one of the favorites in the conference next season. Fellow seniors Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington are also back along with sophomore guard Myles Powell, giving the Pirates 90 percent of their scoring and rebounding.

Coach Kevin Willard also had a good recruiting class led by guards Myles Calle and Jordan Walker and forward Sandro Mamukelashvili.

Delgado says it's important to finish what he started and coming back feels right.


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