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Grand Canyon Basketball: Lope Nation rejoice, Tyon Grant-Foster is back!

WAC Player of the Year announces he will play for Lopes in 2024-25
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Spokane
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Grant-Foster, last season's WAC Player of the Year, announced Tuesday that he will return with a vengeance to Grand Canyon next season, when he intends to build on the Lopes' NCAA tournament second-round run and 30-win total that he sparked last season.

This means Tyon Grant-Foster is back and ready to go back-to-back in the big dance. "We've got unfinished business to do," Grant-Foster said from his Kansas City, Kansas, home. "I knew I wanted to come back to GCU. I'm telling you, we good. We back."

Grant-Foster averaged 20.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game after averaging 3.3 points previously in Division I.

The 6-foot-7 swingman will play his final college season as one of four returning starters for the defending WAC champions, who will return five of their top six scorers from last season.

Grant-Foster withdrew his name from the NBA Draft before last week's early-entry candidate deadline and after attending the NBA Draft Combine three weeks ago. He was among 78 college and international players who the NBA invited to the combine after receiving several second-round projections from draft experts.

After not playing college basketball for nearly two years, Grant-Foster delivered a monster debut season with GCU and did not miss a game because of health reasons. The Lopes went 30-5 and won the regular-season and postseason championships before recording the program's first NCAA Division I tournament victory in a 75-66 upset of then-No. 15 Saint Mary's. The Lopes' season ended with a 72-61 loss to Final Four qualifier Alabama.

Grant-Foster shot 45% from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 75% from the free throw line for GCU in 2023-24. His season averages in points, rebounds, steals and assists have only been matched since 2000 by Zion Williamson for Duke and Kevin Durant for Texas, among players who logged at least 20 games.

Moore, center Duke Brennan and guard Ray Harrison join Grant-Foster as returning Lopes starters, as well as sixth man Lök Wur.

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In the transfer portal, GCU has added 6-foot-8 forward JaKobe Coles from TCU, 7-foot-1 center Dennis Evans from Louisville and 6-foot-2 guard Makaih Williams from UT Arlington.