DePaul will have a physical presence in the post this season after all. The Blue Demons announced today that Mac Koshwal is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and coming back to DePaul for his junior season. Koshwal was testing the draft waters after a sophomore season in which he averaged 12.2 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. His rebounding numbers put him among the elite rebounders in the NCAA last season. Even after a late-season rebounding slump, Koshwal finished 23rd in the country and fifth in the Big East in rebounds per game.
DePaul's Mac Koshwal returning to school
With fellow sophomore Dar Tucker highly unlikely to return to the Blue Demons, the return of Koshwal was a key for DePaul in its attempt return to respectability next season after not winning a Big East regular season game during the 2008-09 season.
Since Koshwal would be required to pay back any expenses he incurred during the draft process in order to remain eligible, he only worked out for three local teams: the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
In a statement released by the school DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright said, "I believe the experience that Mac received going through this process was truly rewarding and will only help him continue to improve his all-around game. I am also proud of how Mac fulfilled his academic responsibilities during the Spring Quarter."
Last season, Koshwal was first in rebounds and field goal percentage and third in points for DePaul. During his junior season the scoring burden will fall more heavily on the 6'10" power forward's shoulders. Also, the Blue Demons need Koshwal to be a more intimidating presence in the post. He averaged just .4 blocks per game last season.