SMU’s 2018-19 season is looking up, as the program announced on Thursday that Jarrey Foster will be returning to school.
“I have decided to come back for my senior year. I’m excited for the future of this team,” Foster said in a statement. “I am rehabbing to the best of my ability to be ready for next season. Lastly, I would like to thank those who supported me in the NBA Draft process.”
Foster averaged 13.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season before suffering a torn ACL in January. A 6-foot-6, 220 pound wing, Foster has some upside as a late-first or early-second round draft pick due to his ability to defend the three or the four and his shooting ability, but missing out of the second half of the season and his inability to compete in workouts made the likelihood of getting drafted minimal.
As we noted yesterday, you don’t have to be a first round pick to get guaranteed NBA money, but that likelihood drops the later a player is picked; there was no guarantee that Foster would have been selected this season.
This is the right move for him given the injury, and assuming he comes back at full health, the loss of Shake Milton should mean that he is able to carry a larger offensive load.