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Canisius' Takal Molson withdraws from NBA Draft consideration

CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Takal MolsonBUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canisius guard Takal Molson announced Friday that he has withdrawn from consideration from the upcoming NBA Draft. The 2018 MAAC Rookie of the Year will return to Canisius for his sophomore season in 2018-19.
 
Last month, the Buffalo, N.Y., native placed his name into consideration for the 2018 NBA Draft, but he did not hire an agent. The NCAA allows student-athletes to declare for the draft in order to participate in pre-draft workouts and receive feedback from NBA teams. Molson retains his three seasons of collegiate eligibility because he removed his name from draft consideration prior to the NCAA's May 30 deadline.
 
"This was a good experience for me and it has added fuel to my fire for next season," Molson said. "I am excited to return to Canisius and continue working with my teammates to build on what we started last year."
 
Molson averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his first season in a Canisius uniform en route to being the fourth player in program history to earn the MAAC Rookie of the Year award. His 12.6 points per game scoring average ranked third on Canisius' 2017-18 roster, and it ranked second among all freshmen in the MAAC. His 417 total points stand as the most for a Canisius freshman since 1981-82, and his 25-point performance in the 2017-18 season opener at Buffalo Nov. 11 set the program's record for points by a true freshman in his collegiate debut. A four-time MAAC Rookie of the Week honoree, and a member of 2017-18 MAAC All-Rookie Team, Molson scored in double-figures 19 times and hit multiple 3-point field goals in 13 different contests. He played in, and started, all 33 games for Canisius a season ago.
 
Molson played a key role in helping Canisius post a 21-12 overall record and a 15-3 mark in MAAC play last season. The 21 wins tied the school record for victories in a regular season, and the 15 conference wins gave the Griffs a share of the MAAC regular-season championship, the program's first since 1993-94.