A few weeks after Ohio State was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, E.J. Liddell has made a decision about the NBA Draft.

Wednesday, Liddell announced via Twitter that he will declare for the 2021 NBA Draft. However, he will continue to maintain his eligibility at the college level, with the possibility of returning to Columbus for another season. Liddell will have the chance to receive feedback from the next level and make a determination at a later date.

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“I feel so fortunate for what I’ve experienced in my two seasons as a Buckeye and what we’ve accomplished together,” Liddell wrote. “The success I’ve had wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my teammates, coaches and family who have supported me along this amazing journey.


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“After spending time consulting with my family and coaches I have decided I will be entering my name into the 2021 NBA Draft while maintaining college eligibility. Reaching the NBA has always been a dream of mine ever since I started playing basketball with my first YMCA team. Timing is everything, trust I won’t rush.”

Liddell was one of the top big men in the B1G last season, averaging 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He scored 20 points or more eight times during the 2020-21 campaign and posted three double-doubles. The sophomore scored in double figures in 27 of Ohio State’s 31 games.

Liddell improved by nearly 10 points per game from his first season at Ohio State, when he averaged 6.7 points per contest.