STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado will return for his senior season after deciding not to turn pro.
The school announced the decision late Monday.
The nation's leading shot blocker for two straight seasons will make a run at the NCAA record for career blocks in 2009-10. He is 19 blocks shy of breaking Shaquille O'Neal's career SEC record of 412 and is 142 from passing the NCAA career mark of 535 set from 1999-2002 by Louisiana-Monroe's Wojciech Mydra.
The 6-foot-9 Varnado was named the SEC tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament. His return bolsters a team that could contend for the league title.
Varnado led the Bulldogs in points (12.9) and rebounds (8.8) and had 170 blocks last season.

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