USC's Archie to return for senior season

South Carolina forward Dominique Archie decided to return to basketball team for his senior season, the school announced Thursday.

Brett Flashnick

Dominique Archie has decided to return to the South Carolina basketball team for his senior season, the school announced earlier this afternoon.

Archie entered his name in the NBA Draft, saying he fully intended to return to school. The 6-7 forward said he wanted to go through the process to learn from scouts what he needed to work on for the 2010 draft.

In the end, Archie heard what he wanted and stuck to his word.

"Going into the process I fully expected to come back to school, but it was good for me to get insight and feedback throughout the workouts," Archie said. "I'm very excited about my senior season and the direction that our team is headed."

Last year, Archie averaged 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks a game.

The Augusta native was a second-team All-SEC selection and named to the coaches' All-Defensive team.

"We're very glad that Dominique was able to go through the process of working out with teams and gaining the feedback from NBA personnel," USC coach Darrin Horn said. "We look forward to having him back as a Gamecock for one more season."

With Archie's decision made, that now leaves two-time All-SEC point guard Devan Downey.

Downey has said that he plans to come back, but he has also considered the prospect of playing in Europe.

The deadline for a decision is June 15.