Reaction: Luka Garza Will Return To Iowa
There was a flurry of activity just before Monday’s deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA Draft. And after a busy weekend, the Big Ten figures to be an absolute load in 2020-21 with Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn, Iowa’s Luka Garza and Michigan State’s Aaron Henry returning to the college level for next season.
“One of the exciting things is how incredibly difficult the Big Ten is going to be. You look at the teams top to bottom, everybody’s good,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Sunday. “We’ll have at least 10 teams [in the NCAA Tournament], maybe more, this year.”
The Big Ten stars are just the tip of the iceberg of players who have opted to return to college next season. The growing list also includes Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi, Arkansas’ Isaiah Joe and Virginia big man Jay Huff, pushing the total number of returning underclassmen who tested the NBA draft waters to more than five dozen. Only a handful of players still in the NBA Draft are still weighing their options.
We’ll be tracking all of those in the lead-up to the withdrawal deadline and filing them into two separate tables below: those who have opted to return and those who are still in the draft. The players who have chosen to keep their name in the NBA Draft have their name bolded in the second table.
Players who are withdrawing from NBA Draft Players still in NBA Draft PlayerSchoolHeightClass Precious Achiuwa Memphis 6-9 Freshman Milan Acquaah California Baptist 6-3 Junior Ty-Shon Alexander Creighton 6-4 Junior Cole Anthony North Carolina 6-3 Freshman Brendan Bailey Marquette 6-8 Sophomore Saddiq Bey Villanova 6-8 Sophomore Tyler Bey Colorado 6-7 Junior Jermaine Bishop Norfolk State 6-1 Junior Dachon Burke Jr. Nebraska 6-4 Junior Vernon Carey Jr. Duke 6-10 Freshman Nate Darling Delaware 6-5 Junior Lamine Diane CSUN 6-7 Sophomore Devon Dotson Kansas 6-2 Sophomore Anthony Edwards Georgia 6-5 Freshman CJ Elleby Washington State 6-6 Sophomore Malik Fitts St. Mary’s 6-8 Junior Malachi Flynn San Diego State 6-1 Junior Tony Goodwin II Redemption Academy (MA) 6-6 Post-Grad Josh Green Arizona 6-6 Freshman Ashton Hagans Kentucky 6-3 Sophomore Tyrese Haliburton Iowa State 6-5 Sophomore Josh Hall Moravian Prep (NC) 6-8 Post-Grad Rayshaun Hammonds Georgia 6-9 Junior Jalen Harris Nevada 6-5 Junior Niven Hart Fresno State 6-5 Freshman Nate Hinton Houston 6-5 Sophomore Elijah Hughes Syracuse 6-6 Junior Dakari Johnson Cape Fear CC (NC) 6-0 Freshman C.J. Jones MTSU 6-5 Junior Mason Jones Arkansas 6-5 Junior Tre Jones Duke 6-3 Sophomore Saben Lee Vanderbilt 6-2 Junior Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 6-3 Sophomore Nico Mannion Arizona 6-3 Freshman Naji Marshall Xavier 6-7 Junior Kenyon Martin Jr. IMG Academy (FL) 6-7 Post-Grad Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 6-3 Freshman Jaden McDaniels Washington 6-9 Freshman Isiaha Mike SMU 6-8 Junior EJ Montgomery Kentucky 6-10 Sophomore Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 6-6 Sophomore Zeke Nnaji Arizona 6-11 Freshman Jordan Nwora Louisville 6-7 Junior Onyeka Okongwu USC 6-9 Freshman Isaac Okoro Auburn 6-6 Freshman Daniel Oturu Minnesota 6-10 Sophomore Reggie Perry Mississippi State 6-10 Sophomore Filip Petrusev Gonzaga 6-11 Sophomore Nate Pierre-Louis Temple 6-4 Junior Yves Pons Tennessee 6-6 Junior Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 6-3 Sophomore Paul Reed Jr. DePaul 6-9 Junior Nick Richards Kentucky 6-11 Junior Joe Saterfield Ranger CC (TX) 6-4 Freshman Jayden Scrubb John A. Logan College (IL) 6-6 Sophomore Ja’Vonte Smart LSU 6-4 Sophomore Jalen Smith Maryland 6-10 Sophomore Cassius Stanley Duke 6-6 Freshman Isaiah Stewart Washington 6-9 Freshman Tyrell Terry Stanford 6-1 Freshman Xavier Tillman Sr. Michigan State 6-8 Junior Obi Toppin Dayton 6-9 Sophomore Jordan Tucker Butler 6-7 Junior Devin Vassell Florida State 6-6 Sophomore Trendon Watford LSU 6-9 Freshman Nick Weatherspoon Mississippi State 6-2 Junior Kaleb Wesson Ohio State 6-9 Junior Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 6-6 Freshman Emmitt Williams LSU 6-6 Sophomore Patrick Williams Florida State 6-8 Freshman James Wiseman Memphis 7-1 Freshman Robert Woodard II Mississippi State 6-7 Sophomore Omer Yurtseven Georgetown 7-0 Junior
Note: Players in bold are believed to be staying in draft. Players have until Aug. 3 to withdraw and retain NCAA eligibility.