Mon, 06/16/2008 - 18:18 — Press Release
AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas guard A.J. Abrams has withdrawn his name from the 2008 NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season, he announced today. The all-time career leader at Texas in three-point field goals made (284), Abrams enters his senior year ranked 15th on the school’s career scoring list (1,389 points), second in free throw percentage (.872) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.399).
“I’d like to announce my intentions to remove my name from the 2008 Draft and return for my senior year at The University of Texas,” Abrams said. “I entered the draft to receive feedback and take advantage of the opportunity to that was presented to me by the NBA to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.
“I received some positive feedback and constructive criticisms from the NBA teams that I worked out for, all of which should help me next year when I go through the process again,” Abrams continued. “When I sat down with my family and looked at my options, I knew I wanted to come back, finish what I have started and continue to represent The University of Texas to the best of my ability, both on and off the court.”
Abrams earned a spot on the USBWA (United States Basketball Writers Association) All-District VII Team and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team (coaches) and NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-District 9 second team as a junior. He ranked second on the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and minutes played (35.9 mpg) and led the squad in steals (59) and free throw percentage (.809). In four NCAA Tournament contests, Abrams averaged a team-best 20.3 points per contest while converting 19-of-38 (.500) three-pointers.
Abrams has played in 109 career games entering his senior season. He is on pace to break the UT record for career games played (134 shared by Brian Boddicker and James Thomas, 2001-04).
“We are obviously very pleased with A.J.’s decision to return for his senior year,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “He did exactly what the system allows to get all the information he could. We’re proud of him for how he represented himself and our program along the way. He has been a huge part of our success over the last three years, and we know that he’ll again be a leader for our team this coming year.”
With Abrams’ announcement, Texas will return four starters and nine of its top 10 scorers from last year’s team which posted a 31-7 record, claimed the Big 12 regular season championship and advanced to the “Elite Eight” of the NCAA Tournament.