Rodney Bullock out of draft, returning to Providence

Providence forward Rodney Bullock will withdraw from the NBA draft process and return to school next season, Friars coach Ed Cooley told ESPN.

The 6-foot-8 junior, who averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season, declared for the NBA draft but was not invited to next week's draft combine.

"I'm excited," Cooley told ESPN. "I think he has a chance to be one of the best small forwards in the country next season."

Providence finished 20-13 last season and lost to USC in the First Four.