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Anderson returns to Oklahoma State following draft evaluation

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Avery Anderson

Avery Anderson plays defense during Oklahoma State's victory over Kansas State on February 13, 2021 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson announced Sunday he would return to Stillwater for his junior year.

Through social media posts on Instagram and Twitter, Anderson posted a highlight reel video, captioned:

“ZERO is…back.”

Anderson declared for the NBA draft on April 3, but never hired an agent, leaving the opportunity to return to OSU available. He filed for an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which will project where he could get drafted, if at all.

Forward Isaac Likekele did a similar thing in 2020, getting evaluated by NBA teams before ultimately returning to OSU.

Anderson averaged 12.2 points per game, becoming a staple for the Cowboys in the second half of the season. He scored a career-high 31 points against West Virginia with Likekele and Cade Cunningham injured.

Behind Cunningham, Anderson was OSU’s second-best scoring threat this season.

In an interview with The Oklahoman, Anderson said he was making his decision based on where he was projected to go in the draft.

He said his goal is to get to the NBA, and if returning to OSU helped him with his goal, he will do it, which he evidently has done.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about staying there,” Anderson said. “You want to stay there. You don’t want to just get there and then be out of the NBA. You want to have a long career there.”

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