EUGENE — It appears the Oregon Ducks will lose a seventh player from the squad that went to the Sweet 16 last season.

In a post to Instagram, forward Kenny Wooten indicated he will not be returning to the Ducks next season.

Asked by a fan whether he would be returning next year, Wooten answered in an Instagram story, “I know I’ve waited a very long time to answer this question... but I will not be coming back for year 3.”

Presumably, that would mean the 6-foot-9 Wooten is remaining in the NBA draft. The deadline for early entrants to the draft to sever ties with agents and retain their eligibility to return to school is May 29.

The Manteca, California, native averaged 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks last season and had a stellar defensive showing in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Wooten was not invited to the NBA combine but did attend the G League Elite camp, where he had some impressive results.

Should Wooten depart he will be the seventh player Oregon is losing this offseason. Bol Bol and Louis King are in the draft, Victor Bailey Jr. and Miles Norris transferred, and Paul White and Ehab Amin completed their eligibility.

Payton Pritchard has not yet announced whether he will return or remain in the draft.

— The Oregonian

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