It looks like Javonte Smart is staying in Baton Rouge for another season.
The freshman guard announced his return for his sophomore season through social media Saturday evening, posting a graphic declaring "1'M BACK!' on his Instagram account, and retweeting the same graphic on Twitter.
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Smart, who averaged 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game, was one of six LSU players to declare for the NBA Draft after the 2018-2019 NCAA basketball season wrapped up, announcing his decision on April 11 along with freshman forward Emmitt Williams.
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Smart announced his decision just a couple of days after it was announced he asked for an NBA evaluation.
Other players also declaring included guards Tremont Waters, Skylar Mays and Marlon Taylor and forward Naz Reid.
While Waters and Reid received invites to the NBA's draft combine in Chicago this week, the former Scotlandville High star did not. According to new NCAA draft entry rules, underclassmen who apply to the NBA for early-entry draft status can hire an NCAA-certified agent and return to school if the player terminates the agent and withdraws from the draft by May 29.
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Smart was thrust into the national spotlight because of head coach Will Wade's wiretap controversy that appeared to discuss payments.
In one wiretapped call, the contents of which Yahoo Sports and ESPN reported on March 7, Wade spoke in June 2017 about “this Smart thing” — presumably a reference to Smart, a four-star prospect at the time.
Wade indicated he'd made a "strong-ass offer" for Smart to a middleman, later identified as Shannon Forman by Yahoo.
The specifics of the offer weren’t detailed in the report.
Smart was held out by school officials when LSU clinched the Southeastern Conference regular-season title with a win over Vanderbilt on March 9, but he returned for the SEC and NCAA tournaments.
The report resulted in the suspension of Wade for the team's final five games.
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