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10 most impactful college players to withdraw from NBA draft


10. Jamal Shead, G, Houston

One of the most important players for the 1-seed Cougars, Shead played a crucial role as the team’s starting point guard, being one of only two Houston players to start all 37 games while he averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Perhaps the biggest thing Shead will bring is his defensive prowess. The reigning American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year excelled at getting the ball back for his team with 1.81 steals per game, the sixth-best number in the AAC. Given his ability to lock down opposing guards, the second-team All-AAC member should give Houston a solid backcourt leader for the 2023-24 campaign.

Jamal Shead Houston Cougars basketball returning
Mar 18, 2023; Birmingham, AL, USA; Houston Cougars guard Jamal Shead (1) drives against Auburn Tigers guard Allen Flanigan (22) during the second half at Legacy Arena. (Credit: Marvin Gentry/USA TODAY Sports)
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