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Local basketball players making the NBA draft call

Northwestern's John Shurna will return for his senior season, as expected. There was some talk that Shurna had performed well enough Saturday at an invitation-only workout organized by the Nets to be considered as a second-round draft pick, but the star forward will return to campus to raise his stock.

“The feedback was very positive,” said NU coach Bill Carmody, who accompanied Shurna to the workout in New Jersey. “It was a good experience for him – and for us. You can go to Northwestern and be a smart guy and still the NBA is right there.”

Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond declared for the draft in April.

"I could just wish the best for him. I want him to be successful and I hope you do," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "He made a commitment to us and maybe had some ups and down but he was part of our program and he would've been nice to have him back but I just can't say enough for our wishes for him to have a great future for many years to come."

Notre Dame's Carleton Scott will stay in the NBA draft after meeting with coach Mike Brey on Sunday.

On Sunday, Butler guard Shelvin Mack says he's keeping his name in the draft and won't return for his senior season.

Other notable players pulled their names out of NBA draft consideration this weekend: Kentucky's Terrence Jones who announced via Twitter, Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs, Atlanta 10 Conference Player of the Year at Xavier and Miami's Reggie Johnson.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft is tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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