LAWRENCE — Marcus Garrett will have one more season to add to his already impressive Kansas basketball résumé.
Garrett, who just wrapped up his junior season with the Jayhawks, will return for a senior campaign, KU announced Wednesday. Named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year last season, Garrett was also awarded Big 12 defensive player of the year and ESPN.com's national defensive player of the year.
"We have achieved a lot in my three seasons at Kansas and I am looking forward to adding to that entering my senior year," Garrett said in a news release. "I completely intend to play in the NBA and know I have to continue to improve my game to reach that life-long goal. There is no better place to do that than my senior year at KU. We have great coaches and staff and I have great teammates to reach our goals. But most importantly, I’ll graduate from KU."
Garrett last season paced the Big 12 in assists per game (4.6) while also averaging 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. The Dallas native shot 44.2% from the field and 32.7% from 3-point range in 2019-20, raising his career marks in those categories to 43.8% and 28.1%, respectively.
"Marcus should have so many goals in front of him heading into his senior season," KU coach Bill Self said. "One of them being a two-time national defensive player of the year. Another is being a point guard, having the ball in his hands, and basically taking ownership of our team. It’s time for him to take claim that it is his team as much as anybody else. I think Marcus will be the catalyst in what our team is next year from a toughness standpoint and leadership position."
Garrett's decision comes one day after fellow guard Ochai Agbaji, who just completed his sophomore year, announced his own return.