Washington State hopes of bouncing back from an 11th-place finish in the Pac-12 last season got a lot better on Wednesday with the announcement that leading scorer Robert Franks was withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to school for his senior year.
The 6-foot-7 Franks averaged 17.4 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2017-18, shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three-point range. In a January win over California he set the WSU single-game record for threes with 10 en route to a 34-point performance.
Those numbers helped Franks win Pac-12 Most Improved Player honors.
Franks’ return should be a big boost for a Cougars squad that saw No. 2 scorer Malachi Flynn transfer to San Diego State, one of four players on the roster to transfer from the program after the season.