Sean Kilpatrick Does Cincinnati Bearcats Huge Favor By Returning To School

By Trevor Lowry
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Kilpatrick easily could have entered the 2013 NBA Draft, but instead he is returning back to school for his senior year, which is a huge favor for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Cincinnati is already going to lose quite a big of players in the offseason, thanks to players graduating, but it will get its best player back in Kilpatrick.

On the season, Kilpatrick put up 17 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. Although he definitely scored the basketball a lot this season, Kilpatrick could really use another year to work on his shot before he enters the NBA. He did only hit 30.7 percent of his threes this year and 39.8 percent from the field, which isn’t exactly ideal for an NBA guard.

However, Kilpatrick did shoot 43.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the arc in the NCAA Tournament against the Creighton Bluejays. Both of those numbers could definitely increase, but at least they were better than his season averages.

Cincinnati made the Big Dance this season as a No. 10 seed. Anytime your best player comes back you certainly have a great shot at dancing again. The only problem with next year’s team is the fact that Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker were both seniors. These two players were second and third in scoring behind Kilpatrick this season.

The next highest scorer from this year’s team that won’t be graduating only averaged 5.9 points per game, so the Bearcats will clearly have to figure something out on the offensive side of the ball.

With so much talent leaving from this team, it is surprising that Kilpatrick decided to stay for his senior year, but it really will mean a lot to this team come next season.


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