Max Shulga Announces Return to VCU

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Max Shulga, one of college basketball's top returners, has made the surprising decision to decommit from Villanova and return to VCU for his final year of eligibility. Known for his dynamic playing style and leadership on the court, Shulga initially committed to Villanova, generating excitement among Wildcats fans. During the offseason, it was widely known that he considered going professional, but Villanova made an NIL offer he couldn't refuse.

In a surprise to VCU fans, Shulga chose to return to VCU, where he has built strong relationships with his teammates and coaching staff. In his last season at VCU, Shulga averaged 14.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, showcasing his all-around capabilities.

Shulga's return is part of a broader effort by VCU to strengthen its roster, which includes notable transfers Jack Clark from Clemson and Phillip Russell from UT Arlington. Clark, known for his defensive prowess and versatility, brings valuable experience from Clemson, where he averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Russell, a dynamic guard from UT Arlington, adds a new dimension to the team's offense with his impressive scoring and playmaking abilities, averaging 14.9 points and 4.4 assists per game last season. These additions, combined with Shulga's decision to stay, position VCU as a formidable contender in their conference, aiming for a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

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