BYU men’s basketball got a major boost Wednesday night when star forward Yoeli Childs tweeted unexpected news that he will return to the school for his senior year, hours before the deadline early entrants must meet to withdraw from the NBA Draft and maintain college eligibility.
Childs, a 6-foot-8 forward from Bingham High School, averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior. He was selected to the All-West Coast Conference first team for his performance.
Childs seemed set on remaining a pro, even if that meant playing overseas, telling national college hoops reporter Jeff Goodman two weeks ago he would not return to school.
“Cougar Nation: I wanted to let you guys know I’m coming back for my senior year,” Childs said in the video he tweeted Wednesday night. “Let’s make some magic happen.”
In head coach Mark Pope’s first year, BYU is now set to return Childs, TJ Haws, Nick Emery, Zac Seljaas and Dalton Nixon as seniors, also adding senior shooter Jake Toolson as a graduate transfer from Utah Valley.
Childs joins Weber State’s Jerrick Harding and Utah State’s Neemias Queta as Utah college stars to withdraw and return in recent days.