Harangody Returning to Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Forward Luke Harangody is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to Notre Dame for his senior season.

With the announcement Monday, Harangody becomes the third straight Irish player to return to school after initially declaring for the draft. Chris Thomas in 2003 and Torin Francis in 2005 also returned after putting their names in the draft.

The last player to leave Notre Dame early was Troy Murphy, taken with the 14th overall pick in 2001 by the Golden State Warriors.

Harangody averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds last season to lead the Big East in scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-8 forward was the league's player of the year in 2008.