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3 Missouri players withdraw from NBA draft

The Tigers are returning three key pieces for the upcoming season
Credit: AP
Missouri's Jeremiah Tilmon is seen during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in St. Louis. Missouri won 63-56. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon Jr. withdrew from the NBA draft Friday and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season.

Pinson started 31 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 11.1 points while shooting 40 percent from the field. Smith will be a fifth-year senior after the 6-foot-10 senior average 5.1 points and 4.9 rebounds. Tilmon also will be a senior has has averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 boards over 81 games in his career.

Coach Cuonzo Martin's roster will have 11 players that are juniors or seniors, the most in the Southeastern Conference and third-most among all Power-5 programs. They will have just one true freshman on the roster this season.

Missouri went 15-16 last season, its second consecutive losing season among Martin's three seasons in Columbia.

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