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Charles Bassey took his time to make an NBA draft decision, but for Western Kentucky fans, it was worth the wait. Bassey, the reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, is returning to WKU for his sophomore season, the school announced at 12:50 a.m. (Eastern time) Thursday morning.
Go ahead, Seton Hall fans. Dream of a monster season and a memorable March — Myles Powell is returning for his senior year. The Pirates now have the pieces for a throwback campaign in South Orange, reminiscent of the P.J. Carlesimo glory days. “Guess who’s back?” Powell tweeted, accompanied with a photo of himself in announcing the decision.
Jeff Goodman: Kerry Blackshear has gone back and forth numerous times, source told @stadium . Announced he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and will transfer.
Tony Jones: Yoeli Childs turned down a significant offer overseas to return to BYU, sources tell The Athletic. Childs is determined to make a run at the NBA
Jeff Goodman: Louisville’s Jordan Nwora announces he is returning to school. HUGE for the Cards.
Gary Parrish: Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear is withdrawing from the NBA Draft. He’ll be a grad-transfer. Kentucky is a possible landing spot. The 6-10 forward averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.
Jeff Goodman: Yoeli Childs changes his mind. Will return to BYU. Huge news for Mark Pope and the Cougars.
Jeff Goodman: Jaylen Fisher has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will go back to school, source told @stadium. He will transfer from TCU.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Rayjon Tucker is staying in the 2019 NBA Draft. Recently committed to Memphis as a grad transfer.
Evan Daniels: Kansas guard Quentin Grimes is withdrawing from the NBA Draft, a source tells @247Sports. Averaged 8.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG & 2.0 APG this past season.
Jeff Goodman: Oregon State assistant Stevie Thompson told @Stadium that Ethan Thompson will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school.
Jeff Goodman: UNCG’s James Dickey has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to school, source told @Stadium.
Jeff Goodman: Stanford’s KZ Okpala will stay in the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium.
Jeff Goodman: Minnesota’s Amir Coffey will remain in the NBA Draft, his agent told @Stadium.
Jim Meehan: As expected, Filip Petrusev withdrawing from draft, returning to Gonzaga for sophomore season
Davion Mintz has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will be returning to Creighton for his senior season.
Jeff Goodman: Brewster Academy’s Jalen Lecque will bypass college and remain in the NBA Draft. Will be interesting to see where he gets selected.
Jeff Goodman: Utah’s Donnie Tillman will return to school, source told @Stadium.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Kevin Samuel is returning to TCU next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kentucky F EJ Montgomery will pull out of the 2019 NBA Draft and return to school for his sophomore season, source tells ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: Auburn’s Jared Harper expected to remain in the NBA Draft, source told @stadium. Tough blow for the Tigers.
After exploring basketball's professional realm for the last several weeks, Creighton rising senior Martin Krampelj has decided he will forgo his final year of college eligibility and remain in the NBA draft.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source confirms to HoopsHype that Siena's Jalen Pickett will withdraw from the 2019 NBA Draft. When including passes, the 6-foot-4 guard created 21.1 ppg out of the pick-and-roll as a freshman last season. That ranked second-best among all D1 players. Will be fascinating in 2020. pic.twitter.com/tGofEAdo91
Jeff Goodman: Kentucky’s Nick Richards announces he is returning to school. The big one for the ‘Cats is EJ Montgomery.
A.J. Lawson is coming back. The expected news has arrived with South Carolina announcing that its reigning SEC all-freshman team performer is returning to the Gamecocks after testing the NBA draft waters.
Kyle Boone: Weber State junior guard Jerrick Harding has submitted paperwork to withdraw from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season, he tells CBS Sports. Harding, a Wichita native, averaged 21.4 points last season. He's twice been a First Team All-Big Sky performer.
Though neither were invited to the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago earlier this month, the 6-11 Bolden plans to continue pursuing a professional career and won’t returning to school, Duke sources with knowledge of his plans said Monday night.
The Duke sources also said DeLaurier is likely to return to school and, although he hasn’t made his plans firm, the Blue Devils anticipate him being on their roster next season. Players with college eligibility remaining have until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night to withdraw from the NBA draft and continue their college careers.
Jeff Goodman: Stephen F. Austin’s Kevon Harris will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, source told @Stadium .
Jon Rothstein: Sources: Nik Popovic is expected to return to Boston College next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Troy Baxter Jr will remove his name from the NBA draft before the May 29th deadline but will continue to pursue professional opportunities, Florida Gulf Coast coach Michael Fly told @Stadium.
Jon Rothstein: Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton will stay in the 2019 NBA Draft, per his Twitter page
Jeff Goodman: St. Joe’s sophomore wing Charlie Brown Jr., will remain in the NBA Draft, his agent Andre Buck told @Stadium. Brown averaged 19 points this past season.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Al-Wajid Aminu is returning to North Florida next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
If former Kentucky All-American Tony Delk’s judgment is correct, would-be UK standout EJ Montgomery will forgo college and remain in this year’s NBA Draft. “I think he’s staying in,” Delk said of Montgomery on Friday night. “Just from what I’ve been hearing. He’s already had a couple workouts with teams. So I guess he’s got some good reports from GMs.”
Jon Axel Gudmundsson no longer part of Hornets pre-draft workout this morning. I wonder if that means the Davidson junior has decided not to stay in the draft.
Jeff Goodman: UConn-bound transfer R.J. Cole told @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA Draft. Cole will sit and have two years left in Storrs. Averaged 21.4 points this past season at Howard.
So one week after he returned home to New Orleans, Caleb Daniels, a 6-foot-4 guard who played his first two seasons at Tulane, announced on Twitter that he would transfer to Villanova. He will sit out the 2019-20 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Daniels declared for the NBA Draft after the season and worked out for the Boston Celtics. He kept open the possibility that he could return to Tulane but it was his one visit, to Villanova and coach Jay Wright, that convinced him to move on.
SMU guard Jimmy Whitt has entered the NCAA transfer portal, sources told Pony Stampede. Whitt announced on March 18 that he was entering the 2019 NBA Draft, but it appears he'll head elsewhere for his final year of eligibility as a graduate transfer.
NC State has officially landed its biggest commitment of the entire 2019 offseason -- one more year of Markell Johnson. The rising senior announced moments ago that he will return for his final season in Raleigh after testing the NBA Draft waters over the last several weeks of the offseason.
Simi Shittu will not return to Vanderbilt basketball and instead take his chances in the NBA Draft. Shittu, a 6-foot-10 forward, announced his decision on Twitter Friday. He worked out at the NBA Draft Combine a week ago, but mock drafts do not project him being picked in the two rounds of the draft.
Kansas got a major dose of good news Friday when Silvio de Sousa won his NCAA appeal and was declared eligible for the 2019-20 season. "I'm so excited to be able to come back to Kansas to play and to continue my education," De Sousa said in a statement.
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