Point guard: 'It was the fans who brought me back'

PITTSBURGH -- Point guard Carl Krauser has decided to return to the University of Pittsburgh for his senior season.

"It was the fans who brought me back," Krauser said Friday. "Everyone was telling me how much they needed me."

The 6-foot Krauser had been mulling playing in Europe after he removed his name from the NBA draft when it became evident during a pre-draft camp in Chicago that he would not be a first-round pick.

Krauser, 24, a former New York City high school star, averaged 16 points and 4.8 rebounds last season and was a second-team all-Big East selection for the second consecutive season. He shot 39.4 percent (54-of-137) from 3-point range and made 75 percent of his free throws.

He is taking a few courses this summer, and he'll be able to play as long as he passes.

"Carl has done everything he's needed to do academically," coach Jamie Dixon said.

The Panthers (20-9) lost to Pacific 79-71 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore center Chris Taft kept his name in the draft and was taken 42nd overall by Golden State.