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7-footer Poeltl coming back to Utes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah center Jakob Poeltl will bypass the NBA draft and return for his sophomore year.

The 7-foot Austria native announced the decision Monday morning.

Poeltl started 34 games and averaged 9.1 points as the Utes advanced to the Sweet 16. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team after setting school freshman records with a 68.1 shooting percentage and 63 blocks. Some thought he would turn pro after playing well against Duke center Jahlil Okafor in the Sweet 16.

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