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Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander has elected to remain in the NBA draft and will not return to the Jays for his senior season.

Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander has played his last game for the Bluejays.

Alexander announced Tuesday via his Instagram account that he is signing with an agent and will officially forgo his senior season at CU.

“Excited to announce that I have decided to stay in the 2020 NBA Draft,” the post reads. “I can’t thank Creighton University, Coach (Greg) McDermott, and my teammates enough for this opportunity.”

In the announcement, Alexander, who initially declared for the draft April 10, said he is joining PROSPORT Management and agent Nate Conley to help him in the next step of his career.

The decision to remain in the draft or return for his senior season was likely a difficult one.

If he had returned to the Hilltop, he would have gotten to make one final run with his teammates — the Jays had been projected as a preseason top-five team with Alexander, an All-Big East first-team pick.

“It’d be fun to come back and play with that group of guys, and potentially make a big run in March Madness,” Alexander told The World-Herald last week. “It would be extremely hard to leave my guys. It’d hurt a lot because I love everybody in the city.”

Playing in the NBA has always been a goal for Alexander, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and spent two years at renowned hoops factory Oak Hill Academy.

As a junior, Alexander ranked fifth in the Big East in scoring during league play (17.2 points per game) and led the Jays in scoring (16.9) and steals (41).

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