George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to college for his senior year, Colonials Coach Karl Hobbs said yesterday.
GW will announce Mensah-Bonsu's decision today, the deadline for college non-seniors and high school players deciding whether to remain in the June 28 draft.
Almost all of the 108 early-entry candidates -- 61 from college, 12 from high school and 35 international -- either already have hired agents, eliminating the option of returning to school, or announced they would not turn pro.
Other players with local ties who retained the option of returning to school include Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack and Cincinnati's James White. White, a Kensington native, will "more than likely" return to Cincinnati for his senior season, his father, James White Sr., said in an interview yesterday.
Jack, meantime, has a news conference scheduled today, and the Fort Washington native told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month that he was leaning toward forgoing his senior season.
Other notable players who should decide today include Arizona State's Ike Diogu, a probable first-round pick; Kentucky's Randolph Morris; Louisville signee Amir Johnson; Texas recruit C.J. Miles; and U-Conn. recruit Andrew Bynum.
-- Eric Prisbell