Ohio men’s basketball junior forward Antonio Campbell has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA Draft and will return to the Bobcats for his 2016-17 senior season.
May 11, 2016
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ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio men’s basketball junior forward Antonio Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio) has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA Draft and will return to the Bobcats for his 2016-17 senior season.
Campbell was named a a 2015-16 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection on March 31. The 2016 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year joined Frank Baumholtz (1941; Converse First Team), Walter Luckett (1975; Helms Honorable Mention), Gary Trent (1995; AP, UPI Honorable Mention) and D.J. Cooper (2013; AP Honorable Mention, Lou Henson; 2012; Lute Olson) in earning All-America honors.
A 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I First Team All-District 14 and 2016 First Team All-MAC selection, Campbell led the Bobcats in scoring with 17.1 points per game (fourth in MAC), a 56.6 percent field goal percentage (237-of-423; second in MAC, 39th in NCAA), 6.8 field goals made per game, 12.1 field goals attempted per game, 10.2 rebounds per game (second in MAC, 21st in NCAA) and 1.8 blocks per game (first in MAC, 59th in NCAA). He also ranked second on the team with 2.3 free throws made per game and 3.2 free throw attempts per game and third with 1.2 three-point field goals made per game and 3.3 three-point field goal attempts per game.
A two-time YP.com MAC East Division Player of the Week pick, Campbell dominated in conference play, averaging a league-high 10.5 boards per game and ranking third with 19.1 points and 1.4 blocks per game. He ranked third in the conference with a 57.4 percent (136-of-237) field goal percentage and shot 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from beyond the arc -- good for sixth in the league.
Campbell led the team in scoring a team-high 15 times and rebounding a team-high 29 times. He posted double-digit points in a team-high 29 games and logged double-digit boards a team-high 20 times. He achieved a team-high 17 double-doubles, which ranks 19th in the NCAA.
Campbell's 598 points in 2015-16 go down as the eighth-most in a single season in program history. He made 237 field goals, which ranks as the sixth-most in a single season in program history. He also hauled in 358 rebounds, which is the sixth-most in a single season in program history. His 63 blocks in 2015-16 are the eighth-most in a single season in program history.
Campbell joined the 1,000-point club in the win over Albany. His 1,011 career points are the 34th-most in program history.
Campbell helped lead Ohio to 23 victories in 2015-16 -- including an 11-7 mark in conference play. The 2015-16 Ohio squad matched the 1998-99 team for the biggest turnaround in program history. The Bobcats improved by 13 wins under Phillips after posting just 10 victories in 2014-15. The 2015-16 Bobcats matched the 1982-83 team for the sixth-most wins in a single season in program history. After earning the No. 2 seed in the 2016 MAC Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com and a bye to Cleveland, Ohio defeated No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois, 79-62, on March 10 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 3-seeded Buffalo in the semifinals the following day, 88-74. The Bobcats made their 22nd postseason appearance in program history and advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 College Basketball Invitational after beating Albany in overtime in the first round, 94-90, on March 16 and knocking off UNCG, 72-67, on March 21 in the quarterfinals. Ohio's season ended two days later with a 77-72 defeat at the hands of Morehead State.