One of LSU's steadiest men's basketball players over the past several seasons announced today that he's coming back for one more ride.
Post player Darius Days announced that he's withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and is returning to LSU – a huge get for coach Will Wade and his staff.
Days, a 6-foot, 7-inch forward, has played in 94 collegiate games and is a consistent, steadying force for the Tigers' lineup.
Last year, he averaged 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. In 28 games, Days scored in double figures 20 times.
"It has been a fun journey," Days said on the Jordy Culotta Show this morning. "...I feel like coming back to LSU for my senior season, the last ride, getting in the gym, getting better, becoming a better player – God willing – next year."
Days' return will make LSU better on both ends of the floor.
Days is a versatile scorer, possessing the ability to both score in the paint, but also to stretch defenses from behind the 3-point line. Days shot 40% from behind the 3-point line last year and was a 51.9% shooter from the field.
Days is also valuable defensively because he's big enough to secure rebounds in the paint, but also small and agile enough to defend smaller players on pick and roll switches. NBA Draft projections had Days as a late-second-round pick or an undrafted prospect. By coming back to LSU, Days hopes he can earn a larger role in LSU's offense and make himself a more appealing prospect.
The Tigers lost scorers Cam Thomas, Trendon Watford and Javonte Smart all to the NBA off last year's team which made it to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
Wade has secured several commitments from both signees and transfers in the offseason to re-stock the LSU cupboard.
Days said he can't wait to be part of it for another year.
"We're trying to win a title this year," Days said. "I heard about some of the games in practice over the summer, so I'm very excited about the new guys and some of the returning guys. I'm excited about the season."