EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his junior season.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Ward, from Gahanna, averaged 12.4 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds last season.

Ward said Tuesday the workouts and interviews he had with NBA teams will help him when he's ready to take the next step.