A key player will return for the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team.
Senior guard Amorie Archibald will exercise his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19 and come back for a fifth year with the Bulldogs in 2021-22.
“I’m ready to get back to Ruston and finish what I started,” Archibald wrote on Twitter. “After a lot of talk and conversation with my family and coaches, I have decided not to enter the NBA Draft and return back to Bulldog country. I want to thank everyone in my circle for supporting me through this decision.”
Archibald’s return was expected among those inside the Louisiana Tech basketball program and he’s the first of Tech’s seven seniors to come back for one more season. Senior Kalob Ledoux decided to turn pro following Tech’s run to third place in the NIT. Senior Xaiver Armstead entered the transfer portal.
Coach Eric Konkol now awaits decisions from seniors guards JaColby Pemberton, Exavian Christon and forward Andrew Gordon. Konkol told The News-Star last week he expects Christon to return.
Tech has added transfer Keaston Willis and Kasen Harrison for depth in the backcourt.
The 6-foot-3 Archibald was the only player to start every game in 2020-21, averaging 10 points per game and had a team-high 107 assists.
Archibald, a four-year starter, has scored 1,208 career points. 1,000-point career scorer in Archibald, who’s a four-year starter. He’s arguably Tech’s most versatile player, handling the point guard duties when Cobe Williams was sidelined late in the season due to a broken finger.