- Thomas Wilder
announced on May 22 that he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to Western Michigan University for his senior season.
Wilder had previously entered his name into the potential draft pool on March 21, however did not hire an agent, thus retaining his college eligibility and amateur status. Over the past month, Wilder has been able to work out for various NBA teams.
"I think our team is going to be really good next year so I am happy about my decision to return back to Western Michigan and help try to lead this team to a Mid-American Conference championship," Wilder said.
"The past month has been a great learning experience in terms of seeing the business side of basketball. It really gave me new insight on how you need to approach things, that this is your business. I think that is going to help me in terms of knowing and improving on what NBA teams want to see from me.
"Before I leave Western Michigan, I want to win a MAC Championship," Wilder said. "I want to hang a banner up for this community, for this program. I want to leave a mark and be remembered as one of the best ever to play at Western Michigan."
Wilder has been one of the most dominating point guards in the MAC the past two seasons. As a junior this past year, he averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game, becoming Western Michigan's first First Team All-Mid-American Conference selection since 2014. He also had the best three-point shooting percentage in the conference at .444. As a sophomore, Wilder led the MAC from start to finish in conference scoring averaging 20.4 ppg on league games on his way to earning Second Team All-MAC honors.
"I was happy Thomas was able to go through the process and get valuable feedback," said WMU head coach Steve Hawkins
. "We were aware this year's draft was very heavy in point guards and based on the information he received I think he is making a wise decision.
"We are elated to have Thomas back for his senior season and are very aware of what he is capable of. We'll continue to help Thomas fulfill his dreams," Hawkins said.