LSU will officially have as many returning players from its SEC Championship season as it could have hoped for.
A day before the deadline, news broke that Emmitt Williams, LSU’s charismatic freshman forward known for his energetic style of play and penchant for wearing short shorts, will return for his sophomore seaon.
The announcement rounds out a group of four athletes who declared early for the draft but ultimately decided to return to the Tigers after going through the pre-draft process.
Williams made what he could of the pre-draft process, working out with the Oklahoma City Thunder, though he did not receive invites to workout in either the G-League Elite Camp or the NBA Draft Combine.
Williams came off the bench for much of the 2018-19 SEC Championship season, averaging 5.4 rebounds per game and tallying 22 blocks despite playing less than 20 minutes per contest.
He’s the fourth Tiger to withdraw from the NBA Draft, joining Skylar Mays, Javonte Smart and Marlon Taylor.
Both Mays and Taylor were confirmed to return on Monday, the day prior, while Smart announced his decision more than a week in advance on May 18.