Thomas Wilder has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to Western Michigan for his senior season.
Wilder, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound junior point guard, declared for the draft on March 21 but did not hire an agent, allowing him to withdraw before the May 24 deadline and retain his eligibility. He had a workout with the Milwaukee Bucks last week and was projected a late-second-round pick or undrafted free agent.
"I just felt this was the best decision for my future," he told HERO Sports.
The Illinois native averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals last year. It was his second-straight season averaging more than 18 points per game, but his efficiency soared, raising his shooting clips from the field (42.5 to 45.8 percent) three-point range (39.1 to 44.4 percent) and free-throw line (79 to 83.2 percent). He also lowered his combined fouls and turnovers per 40 minutes from 6.04 to 5.55.
"You get to test the waters," Wilder told HERO Sports three weeks ago. "I didn’t get too much national publicity, so I think it’s good for players like that. NBA teams can see you first hand and give you an assessment without jeopardizing your eligibility."
He returns to a Western Michigan team that won 16 games last season under 14th-year head coach Steve Hawkins. The Broncos bring back more than 80 percent of their scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.
"I'm very excited," Wilder said of his return. "I think we should be very good an exciting to watch with all the pieces we having coming back, along with the freshmen he have."