Will Return For Senior Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Greg Mangano has withdrawn from the 2011 NBA Draft and will remain at Yale for his senior season. He submitted his letter to the NBA offices on Friday.
"Finishing my education remains my top priority, but I think it was a good experience, and hopefully it benefits me in the future," Mangano said. "My main goal at Yale has always been to win an Ivy League championship, and with the players we return next year, I think we have a great chance."
Mangano, an Orange, Conn., native, enjoyed an outstanding season in 2010-11, finishing ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and earned all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He is the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.
Mangano, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games is a new Ivy record. He scored 20 points or more in nine games this season, including tallying a career-high 30 in a victory at Dartmouth. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding in all but four games and grabbed a career-high 17 at Brown.
Mangano and rest of the Bulldogs will get a head start on the 2011-12 season when they begin a 10-day tour of China on May 16.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity