Top prospects who returned to school, withdrawing from 2019 NBA draft

Top prospects who returned to school, withdrawing from 2019 NBA draft

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Top prospects who returned to school, withdrawing from 2019 NBA draft

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Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky (Big)

The decision for Charles Bassey to return to Western Kentucky was perhaps the most perplexing of all. He had his Pro Day earlier this week and for all intents and purposes, the big man seemed like a lock to be selected at some point in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Bassey was considered the No. 6 overall prospect in the country coming into his freshman year, ranked just one spot behind Zion Williamson. Assuming that Bassey would have been a one-and-done en route to start his professional career would have been beyond safe.

While his draft stock had slipped a bit, NBADraft.net still projected him in the first round as recently as the day of the early entry withdrawal deadline. He was the third-fastest big man to compete in shuttle runs at the combine but struggled during the scrimmages, shooting just 1-for-6 from the field.

His closest comparison would be Maryland big man Bruno Fernando, who was in a similar position last year but went back to school and now projects as a late first-rounder.

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