LSU sophomore forward Emmitt Williams, shown in a 2019 NCAA tournament game against Maryland, had a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds in the Tigers' 92-88 loss to the Dominican Republic in the first game of their Spain tour.

Emmitt Williams and his short shorts are back.

The LSU basketball program received another big boost for the upcoming season Tuesday with the news Williams is returning to school.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 forward, was among six players from LSU's Sweet 16 run in the NCAA tournament to declare for the NBA draft last month.

But after guard Tremont Waters and forward Naz Reid said earlier this month they were staying in the draft, as was expected, coach Will Wade got back the other four.

Sophomore guard Javonte Smart announced May 25 on social media he was returning and senior guard Skylar Mays confirmed Monday he'll be back as well.

It was also reported Monday senior guard Marlon Taylor is returning after testing the NBA waters and he made it official, too, Tuesday with a post on his Instagram account.

Considering Waters and Reid were leaving regardless of the feedback they received from NBA teams, it probably turned out about as well as Wade could have hoped.

The return of the 6-foot-6 Williams, a five-star recruit this past spring, is another key piece to the puzzle for Wade and his coaching staff as they prepare for the season.

Citing Williams' AAU coach Steve Reece, CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein first reported Williams' return.

A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Williams averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds while playing in 34 games with eight starts.

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He put up a career-high 15 points twice and had 13 points and a career-best 14 rebounds in a 79-78 overtime win at Florida in front of two dozen family members.

Along with the signing of five-star power forward Trendon Watford last week, the return of Smart, Mays, Taylor and Williams capped a good 11-day stretch for the Tigers.

Watford joins a recruiting class that also includes combo guard James Bishop, a four-star prospect out of Baltimore, and junior-college shooting guard Charles Manning.

Both signed during the early signing period last fall.

Now that he knows who's definitely going to be back, Wade will have three more scholarships to give out.

He's likely to focus on filling out his roster with late junior-college signees, grad transfers who can play immediately or transfers who will have to sit out a year.

The LSU roster currently has 10 scholarship players: Mays, Smart, Williams, Taylor, Darius Days, Courtese Cooper, Aundre Hyatt, Bishop, Manning and Watford.

Cooper and Hyatt both redshirted this past season.

Follow Sheldon Mickles on Twitter, @MicklesAdvocate.