Cincinnati Bearcats: Wilmington’s Jarron Cumberland returning for senior season

Cincinnati Bearcats basketball got a big boost over the weekend with the news Jarron Cumberland will be back for his senior season.

The Wilmington native was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season for the Bearcats, who won the league tournament and finished second in the regular season standings.

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“After testing the waters of the NBA Draft process and talking with my family about my future, I have unfinished business with the Bearcats,” Cumberland said in a team release. “I'm coming back for my senior year.”

Like a growing number of players across the country, Cumberland chose to explore his pro prospects with the knowledge he could return to UC.

He took part in the NBA G League Elite Camp but was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month.

Now Cumberland is sure to be a centerpiece of new coach John Brannen’s first UC team.

Brannen took over the Bearcats in April after long-time coach Mick Cronin left to take the same job at UCLA.

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In the coaching change, UC lost top recruit Samari Curtis but gained Jeremiah Davenport.

Curtis, who was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball after setting Xenia's all-time scoring record and leading the GWOC in scoring three seasons in a row, opted out of a letter-of-intent to play for the Bearcats and later signed with Nebraska.

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Davenport, a 6-7 wing who starred at Cincinnati Moeller, signed with his hometown team two weeks ago after a season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He was originally a Wright State recruit.

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