Jon Rothstein reported this morning that Oklahoma Sooners forward Khadeem Lattin will return to OU for his senior season after initially declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Lattin’s decision will surprise no one, as the big was highly unlikely to hear his name called in the draft this season. Asked to carry the Sooners through the 2016-17 season without stars like Buddy Hield, Lattin struggled and averaged just 23.8 minutes per game. His 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds were career highs, but Oklahoma needed more scoring from its elder statesman and struggled along with him to a dismal 11-20 record.
Maybe the arrival of Trae Young will help Lattin achieve new heights and creep onto the radar for NBA teams.
Lattin withdrew his name from the draft well before the May 24 deadline. The NBA’s relatively new draft rules allow players to “test the waters” before returning to school as long as they do not sign with an agent.