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Sean Kilpatrick announces his intention to return to Cincinnati

Apr 11, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

Sean Kilpatrick, Jamil Wilson

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Sean Kilpatrick will not be entering his name into the NBA Draft this season.

He announced as much on Wednesday night, as the Bearcats were getting ready to have their team banquet at Montgomery Inn.

“It’s been tough the last couple of weeks. I got to sit down with Coach (Mick Cronin) and my parents, especially, and we talked about the future and what’s best for me,” Kilpatrick said. “My decision is I want to stay. I want to be the first in my family to graduate and get my degree.”

That’s good news for Cincinnati, who already lose Cashmere Wright and JaQuan Parker to graduation. The Bearcats struggled to score this season with those three in the lineup. If Kilpatrick had gone pro, there was a decent chance that Cincinnati could have gotten shut out at some point next season.

Kilpatrick averaged 17.0 points as a junior and should crack 2,000 points by the time his Cincinnati career is done. He’s twice been named to the all-Big East second team.

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