Courtesy of GoXavier.com
CINCINNATI — Xavier University guard Trevon Bluiett has decided to withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to Xavier for his senior season.
“Trevon is one of the best players in all of college basketball and we’re excited to have him back in the role of senior leader,” said Xavier University head coach Chris Mack. “Tre has been a part of three straight NCAA appearances including trips to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. He competes every day and continues to improve in every facet of the game. I know our fans are ecstatic.”
Bluiett, a two-time First Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection, was second in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring as a junior at 18.5 ppg., including his 40-point game at Cincinnati on Jan. 26 and 21.3 ppg. in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Bluiett was second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 rpg., which ranked 10th in the BIG EAST. He ranked third in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goals made at 2.5 per game, including a career-high and school-record tying nine at Cincinnati.
The 2017 postseason brought out the best of Bluiett both in the BIG EAST Tournament and in leading XU to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Bluiett, who earned a spot on the five-member All-West Regional Team, averaged 21.3 ppg. for Xavier’s four games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including 21 (18 in second half) vs. Maryland, 29 (21 in second half) vs. Florida State and 25 (18 in the first half) vs. Arizona. Bluiett was named to the All-BIG EAST Tournament Team for the second straight year after averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Xavier’s three games at Madison Square Garden.
The Indianapolis native is on target to become only the fifth 2,000-point scorer in Xavier history. Bluiett, who has moved up to 15th place on XU’s all-time scoring list with 1,585 career points, is actually on pace to finish as high as second on XU’s all-time scoring list. His 665 points as a junior rank fifth-best all-time for Xavier single season scoring totals.