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BYU’s Yoeli Childs Rules Out Return To School, Staying In NBA Draft

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PROVO, Utah – No surprise, but BYU forward Yoeli Childs will not return to the Cougars and will keep his name in the NBA Draft.

Childs told Jeff Goodman of Stadium that he has ruled out any possibility to come back to BYU for his senior season.

No specific reason was mentioned as to why he won’t go back to school, even with the big changes around the program that includes head coach Dave Rose retiring and Mark Pope taking over as the head coach of the Cougars.

The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 20. Childs is not projected to be selected in the top 60 picks of the draft. If he doesn’t get drafted, he will likely join an NBA team for summer league and try to snatch a roster spot through that route. Childs could also try to make a G-League roster and get a two-way contract or play overseas like former Cougars Eric Mika and Elijah Bryant.

Jimmer Fredette was playing in China before signing with the Phoenix Suns for the last 10 games of the regular season.

Childs averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this past season and was named first team All-West Coast Conference.