If Arnett Moultrie withdraws his name from the Draft to return to college, he won’t be able to return to UTEP.
UTEP coach Tim Floyd announced on Thursday that Moultrie will not return to the UTEP basketball team for the 2010-11 season.
?Arnett and I have arrived at a mutual understanding where it would be best for him to continue his career elsewhere,? Floyd said in a news release ?We wish him well and thank him for his contributions over the last two seasons.?
According to NBA.com, Moultrie filed paperwork with the league to enter the NBA Draft as an early entrant. Players who have applied for early entry are able to withdraw their names from consideration for the NBA Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on June 14.
ESPN’s NBA Draft experts have Moultrie projected to be drafted in the second round or go undrafted.
?I enjoyed my experience at UTEP playing basketball and making progress towards my degree,? Moultrie said in the news release.
A 6-11, 225-pound forward, Moultrie appeared in 70 games over the last two seasons, with 67 starts. He averaged 9.3 points and 7.5 rebounds with nine double-double games.
Moultrie was a member of the USA U19 Team that participated in the FIBA World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand in the summer of 2009. The team posted a 9-0 record and defeated Greece, 88-80, in the title game. Moultrie played 21 minutes against Greece and collected 10 points (4-for-4 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) and nine rebounds.
Derrick Caracter, who played center for UTEP last season, also has entered the NBA Draft as an underclassman. Caracter would not be able to return to the Miners if he withdrew his name from the NBA Draft because he has hired an agent.