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Final Four MOP Berry returning to UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina point guard and Final Four most outstanding player Joel Berry II is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season.

The school announced Monday that Berry would join teammates Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson in declaring for the draft but wouldn't hire an agent to maintain his college eligibility. But in a statement Tuesday, Berry said he had reversed course after conferring with his family and said he can prepare for the NBA by playing "against the best college competition in the country."

Berry says, "There's no reason to rush leaving school."

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