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Clancy decides against draft, will return to Trojans

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Posted: Friday June 15, 2001 12:12 AM
  Sam Clancy Sam Clancy averaged 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds last season. M. David Leeds/Allsport

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sam Clancy, Southern California's leading scorer and rebounder last season, has withdrawn his name from the 2001 NBA draft and will return to the Trojans for his senior season.

"Going through the workouts and the draft camps was a good experience, but I've decided to return to school for my senior year," Clancy said in a statement released by Southern California on Thursday.

"We had a great season last year and I'm looking forward to trying to match this season's success," he added.

The 6-foot-7-inch forward from Fairview, Ohio, helped lead Southern California to the NCAA tournament's East Regional final where the Trojans lost to eventual national champion Duke.

"We were going to support Sam with whatever decision he made, but obviously this is a big boost for our team," coach Henry Bibby said. "I think he realizes he can only get better with another year of college ball."

Clancy, who averaged 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection.

He is the school's leading career shot blocker with 147, including a school-record 87 last season.

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