Florida starting point guard Andrew Nembhard has decided to put his NBA dream on hold, at least for a year.
Nembhard has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will be returning for his sophomore season with the Gators, he announced Wednesday.
“Super excited to come back and play with my brothers and for Gator Nation!#year2,” he posted on Twitter.
Nembhard declared for the draft April 12, saying it was always his dream to play in the NBA. But he did not hire an agent, giving him the option to possibly remain at UF.
After going through the pre-draft process and workouts, he’s decided to stay in school for at least one more year.
The 6-foot-5 Nembhard started all 36 games as a true freshman last season, the first freshman to do so since Bradley Beal in 2011-12. Running the UF offense, he dealt out 196 assists, the fourth-highest total for a season in school history.
His 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Gators a victory over LSU in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, helping UF secure a third straight NCAA Tournament bid.
For the season, Nembhard averaged 8.0 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
The Gators are now solidly set at point guard for the 2019-20 season. In anticipation of Nembhard possibly leaving, UF signed two highly regarded point guards — five-star prospect Tre Mann and Ques Glover, one of the top players in Tennessee — who will now back up Nembhard.
The Gators landed McDonald’s All-Americans Scottie Lewis (No. 9 prospect by Recruiting Services Consensus Index) and Mann (No. 22) to go along with Omar Payne (No. 46) during recruiting.