Marcus Foster Will Forgo 2017 NBA Draft, Return to Creighton

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Marcus Foster #0 of the Creighton Bluejays attempts a shot past Sean O'Mara #54 of the Xavier Musketeers during the Big East Basketball Tournament - Semifinals at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Creighton guard Marcus Foster will return to Creighton for his senior season, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello.

Foster also hinted on Tuesday that he would return to school via an Instagram post:

Foster, a junior, was excellent in his first season with the Bluejays in 2016-17, averaging 18.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 points. He was named a first-team All-Big East selection and paired with Justin Patton to give the Bluejays an excellent inside-outside pairing.

That duo became all the more important when Maurice Watson Jr. was lost for the year in January with a torn ACL.

Returning to school was likely the wise choice for Foster. While Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report had Patton at No. 12 overall on his most recent NBA draft big board, Foster didn't even make Wasserman's top 50. Similarly, DraftExpress didn't project Foster to get drafted in its most recent two-round mock.

And Foster acknowledged after the team's season ended that he would have to carefully weigh his options.

"With the team I have, I love these guys to death," he said, per I've been just going hard for them and trying to get us as deep in the tournament as we can, and accomplish more and more. But I know that's something I'm going to have to talk to my family about. It's going to a family decision."

Based on his current draft projections, that decision appears to be the right one. 

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