NCAAB PLAYER NEWS
Hamidou Diallo withdraws from NBA Draft, returning to Kentucky
Kentucky Wildcats guard Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and is returning to school in the fall.
Diallo performed exceptionally well at the NBA Draft combine, intriguing many NBA scouts with his off-the-chart athleticism. However, without a firm commitment that he would be selected in the first-round, Diallo decided to go back to Kentucky to showcase his talents, increasing the chance he could be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Diallo enrolled at Kentucky and was practicing with the team in mid-January but will make his college debut in the fall.
Diallo exploded for a 44.5" vertical, the highest of any player at the NBADraft Cobine.
Justin Jackson will play another season for Maryland
Maryland Terrapins freshman forward Justin Jackson is withdrawing from the 2017 NBA Draft and returning to school for his sophomore season, per Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun.
Jackson had a successful freshman season at Maryland as the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. With Melo Trimble gone for the NBA, Jackson has the chance to take over the squad as the leader and as the primary scoring option in the fall, boosting his potential draft value for 2018.
Jackson averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 27.8 minutes per game. He shot 43.8% from three while posting a 108.4 offensive rating.
Purdue getting Vince Edwards back for another year
Purdue Junior guard Vince Edwards is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school for his senior season, per Brain Neubert of GoldandBlack.com.
Edwards entered the draft without an agent for the second year in a row. Just like last season, he did not receive any guarantees he would be selected so he opted to go back to school. With Caleb Swanigan leaving for the NBA, Edwards and center Isaac Haas will be asked to shoulder a larger offensive role in the 2017-18 season.
Edwards averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game while shooting over 42% from three last season.
Tony Bradley leaving North Carolina after one season
North Carolina Tar Heels freshman center Tony Bradley will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career after just one season, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Bradley was a top 20 recruit in the class of 2016 but played just 14.6 minutes per game in his lone season in North Carolina. He was set for an expanded role in 2017-18 with Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks graduating, but after receiving feedback from NBA scouts, the center has decided to stay in the draft. Bradley is projected to be an early-to-mid-second round pick this June.
Bradley averaged 19.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per 40 minutes his freshman season. He had a 31.5 net rating while shooting 57.3% from the floor.
Moritz Wagner returning to Michigan for his junior season
Michigan Wolverines sophomore forward Moritz Wagner has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to school for his junior season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Wagner started all 38 games in his sophomore season and explored his NBA options by entering the draft without an agent. After going through the draft process the 6'10" forward is returning to school where he will take on a larger leadership role with 2016-17 starters Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton, and DJ Wilson all leaving the program.
Wagner averaged 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 56.0% from the field including 39.5% from beyond the arc last season.
Michigan won't have DJ Wilson back next season
Michigan Wolverines junior forward DJ Wilson is staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.
Wilson started 36-of-38 games for the Wolverines this season and joins fellow starters Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton in not returning to Ann Arbor in the fall. Wilson is projected to be a late-first round pick, rumored to have a guarantee to not make it past the Utah Jazz at pick 30.
Wilson averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game last season.
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