Jayvon Graves to return to UB for senior season


Buffalo’s Jayvon Graves passes the ball during the second half of a first round men’s college basketball game against Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — UB basketball standout Jayvon Graves announced on Twitter that he will return to play for the Bulls for his senior season, withdrawing his name from the 2020 NBA Draft.

Graves, who led the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game, became the 23rd player in UB program history to cross the 1,000 point mark in his junior season. He was named to the First-Team All-MAC, as well as NABC First-Team All-District for the 2019-20 campaign.

“A lot went into [the decision to come back], just figuring out if the NBA would have workouts, and talking to my coaches we had great dialogue the whole time,” Jayvon Graves said. “I worked very hard this offseason, and I’m just prepared for next season.”

UB rising senior Jayvon Graves announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he would be returning to the Bulls for his senior season.

Jayvon said he talked a lot to UB Head Coach Jim Whitesell throughout the months while he was making the decision on whether or not to come back for his senior season.

“We had a lot of conversations, we talked a lot just figuring out what’s best for me,” Graves said. “If everything goes right this next season, the goal will still be right there to be in the NBA.”

“I think we had some ups and downs this past season, but just growing in each game, each practice was great, and I’m glad to have Coach Whitesell as my head coach.”

Graves led the Bulls in field goals made, three pointers made, as well as points, with his 547 in 2019-20. He scored double figures in all but three of the 32 games he played in.

As he prepares for his final season as a collegiate athlete, Jayvon is setting high goals for himself.

“For myself, the goals I have are to be the player of the year in the conference, and also to become the all-time winningest player in school history. My main goal is winning the MAC Championship,” Graves said.

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