Texas' junior center Dexter Pittman has called a press conference for Wednesday afternoon and is expected to reiterated that he will stay and play his senior season with the Longhorns, rather than opt for the NBA draft.
Pittman on two different occasions indicated that was his intention.
"I'm real excited about next year, what we’re going to have," he said after the NCAA Tournament second-round loss to Duke. "I'm going to be here."
A source who has spoken to Pittman this week said he had no reason to believe otherwise, though he acknowledge he could change his mind. Players have until April 26 to declare their intentions, though they can later withdraw provided they have not signed with an agent.
Pittman lost his starting job in January, then reemerged late in the season and become a force as he extended his playing time and efficiency. He averaged 17.3 points and 11 rebounds in three Big 12 tournament games. He hit those marks in a first-round victory over Minnesota, then scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds when he was limited by foul problems in the 74-69 loss to the Blue Devils.
Junior Damion James is also considering what to do about his future, but has indicated he will wait several weeks before making up his mind.--Mike Jones.