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UNC players remove names from NBA draft

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North Carolina underclassmen Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green will return to Chapel Hill next season after removing their names from the NBA draft Monday.

The school's announcement came less than an hour before the deadline for underclassmen who had not hired agents to withdraw from the draft.

It means the Tar Heels figure to enter next year as prohibitive favorites to reach the Final Four. North Carolina will return its top six players while also adding one of the nation's top recruiting classes.

Other big-name players withdrawing Monday were Texas guard A.J. Abrams; Robert Dozier of Memphis; Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga; and UAB guard Robert Vaden.

UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, DeAndre Jordan of Texas A&M, California's Ryan Anderson and Alabama's Richard Hendrix will enter the NBA draft.