Forward Mamadi Diakite announced late Wednesday he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to UVa for his senior year.
Diakite, a 6-foot-9 redshirt junior from Guinea, played a major role in getting UVa to the Final Four with a buzzer-beating jump shot that sent the Cavaliers into overtime against Purdue in a regional final.
Diakite played in all 38 games for UVa (35-3) and made 22 starts, averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. He also led the Cavs in blocked shots.
Three of his UVa teammates — De’Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome — had voiced their intentions of turning pro shortly after the season.