Fordham Rams talent Joseph Chartouny will return to the program next season for his junior season, a source told FanRag Sports on Friday. He had originally entered the 2017 NBA Draft but did so without hiring an agent. By not signing any professional representation, he retained his eligibility.
Chartouny had a solid second collegiate season in 2016-17. By the time it was completed, he averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. A 2016-17 preseason All-Atlantic 10 (third team) selection, he also set the school single-season steals record with 94 last year. The 6-foot-3 guard shot 42 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
As a freshman, Chartouny burst onto the scene and averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per outing. However, he only shot 37 percent from the floor and 32 percent from 3-point land in his first collegiate season.
The Rams went 13-19 during the 2016-17 college basketball season. They ended their season on a four-game losing streak.
Other players in the draft process who have not yet signed with an agent have until a May 24 deadline to decide if they want to return to the collegiate ranks. For some context, the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is 10 days after the combine.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.