June 18, 2007
WACO, Texas -
Baylor guard Aaron Bruce has withdrawn his name from the upcoming NBA draft and will remain at the school for his senior season.
"I've enjoyed these last few months because it's given me a chance to understand the whole process better," Bruce said. "I've ventured through this process and now I have a chance to return to Baylor and turn things around and go to the NCAA tournament. That's been my dream all along, we haven't experienced that yet, but next year we have a chance to do that. I love these guys, and I enjoy the chance to play with them at Baylor."
Bruce, who did not sign with an agent, participated in workouts with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs before removing his name from the draft-eligible list over the weekend.
"This was a great process for Aaron to go through," head coach Scott Drew said. "It will help him with what he'll be doing next year. At the same time Baylor basketball is excited to have him back next year because he has meant so much to the rebuilding of our program."
The 6-3 Australian has averaged 14.3 points, 3.5 assists and hit on 40 percent of 3-pointers in three seasons at Baylor. Bruce is a three-time All-Big 12 selection who has started all 74 games played for the Bears.
Bruce's 39.9 career 3-point percentage ranks third in school history and his 81.7 career free throw percentage ranks fifth all-time. This season he joined Baylor's 1,000-point club and he currently ranks 19th on the school's career scoring list with 1,060 points. In 2005 he was voted to Baylor's All-Centennial Team. Bruce was named a Freshman All-American after leading the nation's freshman in scoring with an 18.2 average in 2004-05.
Bruce is a veteran of international basketball having played for multiple Australian national teams including the senior squad that participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Japan last summer.