UC's Sean Kilpatrick decided Wednesday to return for his senior season in 2013-14.
April 10, 2013
CINCINNATI - Junior guard Sean Kilpatrick announced on Wednesday his decision to stay at the University of Cincinnati for his senior season. He told reporters prior to the start of the team's banquet at the Original Montgomery Inn.
"It's been tough the last couple of weeks. I got to sit down with Coach (Mick Cronin) and my parents, especially, and we talked about the future and what's best for me," Kilpatrick said. "My decision is I want to stay. I want to be the first in my family to graduate and get my degree."
The fifth-leading scorer in the BIG EAST Conference, averaging 17.0 points during the 2012-13 season, Kilpatrick is a two-time all-league second team selection. He ranked fourth in the BIG EAST with 2.41 three-pointers per game.
"My conversation with Coach was the most important one I had in the process," Kilpatrick said. "That's something that meant the most. Knowing that he would be there for me through everything in whatever decision I made meant the most.
"I was honestly confused about the whole situation at the beginning, but as the process went on and I sat down and spoke with Coach, he brought a lot of things to light. I appreciate that a lot."
Kilpatrick will enter the 2013-14 campaign ranked 16th on UC's all-time scoring list with 1,444 points. His 577 points as junior were the most in a season during the Cronin-coaching era. He is one of only 11 players at UC to eclipse 1,400 in three seasons.
"This has always been the place for Sean," Cronin said. "He is a player that is a complete success story. As driven as SK is that was his goal this year (to leave after his junior season). But he is mature enough to understand the benefits of improving and getting his degree."
"I'm happy," Kilpatrick said. "I can focus at the task at hand and get to work."
The Bearcats posted a 22-12 record during the 2012-13 season, finishing the year with the program's third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championship.