B1G sees several impact players withdraw from NBA Draft amid nearly 2 dozen nationally
B1G men’s basketball saw several decisions on Wednesday that will have a big impact on the 2023-24 season.
May 31 was deadline day for college players testing the waters ahead of the NBA Draft, as the NCAA imposed a deadline for players who declared as early entrants to pull out and retain their college eligibility.
Edey made the call and it became the second straight that a national player of the year decided to return after Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe did it last year, but this time Tshiebwe said he would remain in the draft. And Connecticut’s reign as NCAA champion will begin with multiple starters having left for the NBA Draft.
UConn guard Andre Jackson Jr. and big man Adama Sanogo, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, will remain in NBA Draft, while Tristen Newton will return to school.
Here’s a list of notable players expected to return to school:
Zach Edey (Purdue Boilermakers)
Trey Alexander (Creighton Bluejays)
Reece Beekman (Virginia Cavaliers)
Johnell Davis (Florida Atlantic Owls)
Alijah Martin (Florida Atlantic Owls)
Adem Bona (UCLA Bruins)
Jahvon Quinerly (Alabama Crimson Tide)
Tristan de Silva (Colorado Buffaloes)
Clifford Omoruyi (Rutgers Scarlet Knights)
Cormac Ryan (North Carolina Tar Heels via transfer portal)
Tyler Burton (Villanova Wildcats via transfer portal)
AJ Hoggard (Michigan State Spartans)
Jaden Akins (Michigan State Spartans)
Nae’Qwan Tomlin (Kansas State Wildcats)
Jordan Dingle (St. John’s Red Storm via transfer portal)
Tristen Newton (UConn Huskies)
Mark Sears (Alabama Crimson Tide)
Julian Phillips (Tennessee/Transfer Portal)
Arthur Kaluma (Creighton/Transfer Portal)
Antonio Reeves (Kentucky/Transfer Portal)
Terrence Shannon Jr. (Illinois Fighting Illini)
PJ Hall (Clemson Tigers)
Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton Bluejays)