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Duncan stays at Wake

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - All-America center Tim Duncan announced Friday he will return for his senior season at Wake Forest instead of joining the parade of underclassmen who have declared for the NBA draft.

"I have a strong desire to complete my degree, which I can do next spring, and believe that the additional time spent here will only benefit my development as a basketball player as well," Duncan said in a release issued by the school.

Duncan's decision to play another year for the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference champions should have the Demon Deacons among the top teams in next season's preseason polls.

He averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds last season as the Demon Deacons finished 26-6 and fell one step shy of the Final Four. They lost to eventual national champion Kentucky 83-63 in the Midwest Regional final.

Most scouts said the 6-foot-11 Duncan, the school's career blocked shot leader with 379, could have been the No. 1 overall pick in the draft had he decided to turn pro.

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