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Iowa Basketball's Kris Murray to Return, Pulls Name from NBA Draft

Photo: University of Iowa Athletics

(Iowa City, IA) -- Iowa men's basketball's Kris Murray is returning to Iowa for his junior season.

"These past two months have been a tremendous learning process for me! By going through the draft process, I believe that it will help me in the long run and this coming season at Iowa," announces Kris Murray via Twitter.

The Cedar Rapids native is pulling his name from the NBA Draft to play for the Hawkeyes next season. Murray averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg, leading the team in scoring and rebounding off the bench in the 2021-2022 season.

In a release from The University of Iowa Athletics, Men's Basketball Head Coach Fran McCaffery states his enthusiasm from Murray's return.

"Everyone in our program is very excited to have Kris back," says Fran McCaffery. "We are happy that Kris had a positive experience going through the NBA process. He gained valuable feedback through workouts and conversations with NBA personnel. Kris will be awesome next year."

With Iowa going into the 2022-2023 Men's Basketball season without three of last year's starters, including projected NBA Draftee Keegan Murray, Kris looks to step into a key role.

"I could not be more excited to announce that I will be returning to Iowa City next season and I cannot wait to get back to work with my teammates and coaches to play for the best fan base in the world," tweets Kris Murray. "Go Hawks!"

Photo: Kris Murray's Twitter

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