Daniel Gafford to return to Arkansas rather than head to NBA

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford says he will return to the Razorbacks next season, ending speculation about whether the freshman would leave for the NBA after one year in college.

The 6-foot-11 Gafford announced his decision in a video on his Twitter account, saying, "I'll be back in here for another year, playing in Bud Walton [Arena] for you guys."

Gafford was selected to the Southeastern Conference's all-freshman team this season after averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 60.5 percent from the field and averaged 2.2 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game.

His athleticism and ability to dunk in traffic quickly earned the notice of NBA scouts, and Gafford was projected by many to be picked in the first round of this year's draft had he left Arkansas.