Recent NCAA Basketball 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Kentucky Wildcats guard Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and is returning to school in the fall.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.
Mark Alstork transferring from Wright State to Illinois
Former Wright State Raiders guard Mark Alstork has committed to transferring to the Illinois Fighting Illini, per Scott Richey of Illinois News-Gazette.
Alstork will be immediately eligible to play in the fall as he is a graduate transfer. The 6'5" guard will help new head coach Brad Underwood rebuild a depleted Illini squad as a possible centerpiece of the team's offense.
Alkstork averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.2 three-pointers per game while leading the Horizon League with a 34.9% usage rate.
Duke's Frank Jackson undergoes foot surgery, out until July
Former Duke Blue Devils guard Frank Jackson underwent foot surgery and is expected to be sidelined until July, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Jackson, who is expected to be a second-round pick the this year's draft, could be able to play in summer league in July. The 19-year-old had surgery now to guarantee his availability for NBA training camps, which start in mid-September. The injury is not expected to affect his draft status.
Jackson averaged 10.9 points while playing 24.9 minutes per game. He shot 47.3 percent from the floor and 39.2 percent from three.
Caleb Swanigan leaving Purdue for the NBA
Purdue Boilermakers sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan is staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Swanigan is turning his breakout sophomore season into an NBA career as he is projected to be a late-first/early-second-round pick. The big man led the nation in double-doubles (28) while finishing second with 12.5 rebounds per game. He owns all the tools to be a starting power forward in the NBA his rookie season.
The 2017 Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 18.5 points per game while posting a .620 true shooting percentage and a 26.2 player efficiency rating.
Deng Adel spurning the NBA for one more season at Louisville
Louisville Cardinals sophomore forward Deng Adel is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school for his juniors season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Adel was not projected to be selected this June as the 2017 NBA Draft class is loaded with talent. Instead of taking his chances as an undrafted free agent, Adel is returning to school to try and improve his draft stock for 2018. The versatile 6'7" forward will be in line for a bigger role with the Cardinals and has the potential for a breakout season.
Adel averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while posting a 13.9 net rating and a 16.1 player efficiency rating.
UCLA will have Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh back in the fall
UCLA Bruins junior center Thomas Welsh and sophomore guard Aaron Holiday have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school in the fall, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
The duo entered the draft without hiring an agent preserving their college eligibility. Neither player was projected to be selected in a loaded 2017 draft class, spurring their decision to return to Westwood for the 2017-18 season. With Lonzo Ball and Ike Anibogu leaving, both Holiday and Welsh could be in line for a bigger role next season.
Welsh averaged 10.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while Holiday scored 12.3 points while dishing out 4.4 assists per game last season.
Trevon Bluiett returning to Xavier for his senior season
Xavier Musketeers junior forward Trevon Bluiett will withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to school for his senior season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Bluiett entered the draft without hiring an agent, allowing him to retain his college eligibility. The junior was projected to be a late-second-round pick at best, making his decision to return to school easier. He will spend next season trying to improve his draft stock for a more shallow 2018 NBA Draft class.
Bluiett averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.5 three-pointers per game his junior season.
Shaq Morris returning to Wichita State for senior season
Wichita State Shockers junior forward Shaq Morris has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Morris had declared for the draft without hiring an agent to receive feedback from NBA scouts on his draft prospects. Apparently, he didn't like what he heard and will return to school for another season. Morris will continue to be a focal point for the Shockers as they make their move to the American Athletic Conference next season.
Morris averaged 9.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 18.0 minutes per game last season.
Texas will have Andrew Jones back next season
Texas Longhorns freshman guard Andrew Jones will return to school for his sophomore season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Jones started 23 games his freshman season, finishing third in scoring and second in assists. He decided to enter the NBA Draft without an agent to explore his draft stock but decided to return for another year in college to improve his chances of an NBA career. Jones will help the Longhorns as they try to improve on a miserable 11-22 season.
Jones averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game last season.
Angel Delgado will be back at Seton Hall in the fall
Seton Hall Pirates junior forward Angel Delgado announced on Twitter that he would be withdrawing from the 2017 NBA Draft and returning to school for his senior season.
Delgado had a breakout junior season as he led the nation with 13.0 rebounds per game. The forward was trying to capitalize on his year by declaring for the draft. However, when it appeared he would be a late-second-round pick at best, the 6'10" Delgado decided to return to school to improve his stock for next year's draft.
Delgado averaged 15.2 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while posting 27 double-doubles, the second most in all of the nation.
Arizona's Rawle Atkins withdrawing from NBA Draft
Arizona Wildcats freshman forward Rawle Atkins announced via Twitter that he would withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school for his sophomore season.
Atkins had a solid freshman season, starting 36 games, and toyed with turning pro. However, after going through the draft process, the 19-year-old must not have liked the feedback he got and is returning to school to improve his stock for the 2018 Draft. He will join Allonzo Trier and incoming freshman DeAndre Ayton to make the Wildcats one of the favorites for the National Championship next season.
Atkins averaged 10.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 28.0 minutes per game his freshman season.
Jevon Carter returning to West Virginia for his senior season
West Virginia Mountaineers junior guard Jevon Carter has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season, per Bryan Messerly of WVUSports.com.
Carter had declared for the draft without hiring an agent to get feedback on what he can do to improve his shot at playing in the NBA. He will take that knowledge back to West Virginia and try to lead the Mountaineers to greater heights in 2017-18.
The 2016-17 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Carter averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game while posting an 89.6 defensive rating.
BYU's Eric Mika will hire an agent, stay in NBA Draft
Brigham Young Cougars sophomore forward Eric Mika will hire an agent and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Jeff Borzello of ESPN.
Mika impressed many at the NBA Draft Combine with his athleticism and long wingspan. A superb scorer, the 22-year-old ranks in the top 80 of NBA Draft prospects and has a shot at slipping into the back end of the draft as a late-second-round pick.
Mika averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in 2016-17.
Isaac Haas returning to Purdue for his senior season
Purdue Boilermakers junior center Isaac Haas has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Haas had entered the draft without an agent to explore his draft stock, but after not receiving an invite to the NBA Draft combine, the writing was on the wall that the big man would likely go undrafted. He will now return to school and take on a larger role in the Boilermakers offense -- if Caleb Swanigan leaves for the NBA.
Haas averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game last season.
Robert Johnson returning to Indiana for his senior season
Indiana Hoosiers junior guard Robert Johnson has withdrawn his name from the 2017 NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
With teammates O.G. Anunoby, Thomas Bryant, and James Blackmon hiring agents and staying the draft, Johnson is in line for a significant role in newly-hired head coach Archie Miller's system next fall. He could become the primary scoring option for the Hoosiers in the 2017-18 season after taking 10.6 shots per game last season.
Johnson averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.1 three-pointers per game while posting a .562 true shooting percentage in 2016-17.
Duke's Frank Jackson will hire an agent and stay in the draft
Duke Blue Devils freshman guard Frank Jackson is planning on hiring an agent and staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Adrain Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The freshman guard started just 16 games in his lone college year but has been climbing up the draft charts. Jackson is a top-50 prospect, according to Draft Express, and is likely to be selected in the second round of the draft.
Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game at Duke.
Kyle Kuzma hires agent, ending college career at Utah
Utah Utes junior forward Kyle Kuzma has hired an agent and will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Kuzma had a breakout junior season in Provo, as he led the Utes to a 20-12 record as the team's leading scorer and rebounder. The 6'9" forward is currently projected to be a late-second-round pick in the upcoming draft.
Kuzma averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while posting a 25.1 player efficiency rating.
LSU's Antonio Blakeney will remain in the NBA Draft
LSU Tigers sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney has hired an agent and will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Sheldon Mickles of the New Orleans Advocate.
Blakeney must have liked what he heard from NBA scouts as he initially entered the draft without an agent. The former Tiger is ranked 97th in Draft Express' top 100 prospects and is currently projected to go undrafted. Expect him to latch on to a team for Summer League, if that holds true.
Blakeney averaged 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 three-pointers per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field.
Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon returning to Arkansas
Arkansas Razorbacks junior guards Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford are withdrawing their names from the 2017 NBA Draft and returning to school for their senior seasons, per ESPN.
The junior college transfers helped lead the Razorbacks back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, and ill try to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. The duo didn't hire an agent, therefore retaining their remaining year of college eligibility.
The guards averaged a combined 26.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.3 steals per game for Arkansas last season.
James Blackmon Jr. leaving Indiana for the NBA
Indiana Hoosiers junior guard James Blackmon Jr. will sign with an agent and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Blackmon joins teammates Thomas Bryant and O.G. Anunoby as they prepare for the upcoming draft. Unlike the other two, though, Blackmon is projected to go undrafted but has decided against returning to school after the change in coaching staff at Indiana.
Blackmon averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 3.0 three-pointers per game his junior season.
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