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Flemings will stay in school


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POSTED: Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Hawaii senior forward Roderick Flemings said he was not on the official early-entry list for the 2009 NBA Draft because he did not successfully submit his paperwork.

Flemings will return for his senior year with the Rainbow Warriors.

“;In an effort to be evaluated by NBA teams, I intended to submit my name for the 2009 NBA Draft. I expressed my intentions to the NBA in writing, however, the process was not completed and I will not be entering the draft this season,”; Flemings said in a statement through UH. “;I will return for my senior year at UH to work on my game for the 2010 NBA Draft. With our new recruits and the returning players, we have a chance to be a very good team and I believe my draft prospects will only improve.

“;My plan was to leave my name in longer ... now I'm just waiting for next year, going for WAC player of the year,”; Flemings said in a phone interview.

Flemings previously said he intended to take stock of his draft standing without hiring an agent. If he had been added to the early-entry list, Flemings had until June 15 to withdraw his name.

“;We are pleased to have Roderick back for next season, and I think he will benefit from an additional year of collegiate basketball,”; Hawaii coach Bob Nash said. “;With a great season in 2009-10 he should improve his draft chances and the new Diamond Head Classic will also give him additional exposure. Academically, it will also keep him on track to graduate, and that pleases me the most.”;