Did he stay or did he go? Tracking the biggest NBA draft decisions

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All prospects who declared early entry for the 2021 NBA draft without foregoing their collegiate eligibility had until July 7 to withdraw.

While the official date from the league is not actually until July 19, the NCAA has mandated the deadline of July 7 for players who wish to play college basketball next season.

Prospects who declared as early entry candidates but were just “testing the waters” often opt to return to the collegiate ranks so as to improve their draft stock for the subsequent year instead. But there are several reasons why a player might be even more willing to return to college for another campaign than usual.

For example, seniors have the option to use another year of eligibility because of the massive impact of COVID-19. Others may be interested in playing another year of college in front of fans after last season was met with many restrictions.

Meanwhile, all NCAA athletes also now have the ability to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL) for the first time. This offers an avenue to collect some money while still in college without needing to fully commit to turning pro.

Here are the latest updates about who is still testing the waters, who will be turning pro and who will be returning to the NCAA.


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Johnny Juzang Wing, 6-6, 20.4 years old (UCLA) Scotty Pippen Jr. Guard, 6-1, 19.7 years old (Vanderbilt)

Remaining in draft

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Isaiah Jackson Big, 6-10, 19.5 years old (Kentucky) Miles McBride Guard, 6-2, 20.9 years old (West Virginia) Trey Murphy III Wing, 6-9, 21.1 years old (Virginia) Kessler Edwards Wing, 6-8, 22 years old (Pepperdine) JT Thor Big, 6-10, 18.9 years old (Auburn) Joshua Primo Guard, 6-6, 18.6 years old (Alabama) Joe Wieskamp Wing, 6-6, 21.9 years old (Iowa) Jason Preston Guard, 6-4, 22 years old (Ohio) Jericho Sims Big, 6-10, 22.8 years old (Texas) EJ Onu Big, 6-11, 22 years old (Shawnee State - Ohio) Jose Alvarado Guard, 6-0, 23.3 years old (Georgia Tech) Santi Aldama Wing, 6-11, 20.5 years old (Loyola - Maryland) Makur Maker Big, 6-11, 20.7 years old (Howard) Chris Smith Wing, 6-8, 21.6 years old (UCLA) Aaron Wiggins Wing, 6-6, 22.6 years old (Maryland) RJ Nembhard Wing, 6-5, 22.4 years old (TCU) D.J. Stewart Jr. Wing, 6-6, 22 years old (Mississippi State) Alan Griffin Wing, 6-5, 21.3 years old (Syracuse) Carlik Jones Guard, 6-1, 23.6 years old (Louisville) Dalano Banton Guard, 6-9, 21.7 years old (Nebraska) Duane Washington Jr. Guard, 6-3, 21.3 years old (Ohio State) Steffon Mitchell Wing, 6-8, 23.6 years old (Boston College)

Back to school

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Marcus Bagley (Arizona State → TBD) Terrence Shannon Jr. (Texas Tech) Julian Champagnie (St. John’s) Matthew Mayer (Baylor) Jordan Hall (St. Joseph’s) Max Abmas (Oral Roberts) Ochai Agbaji (Kansas) Jalen Wilson (Kansas) Kofi Cockburn (Illinois → TBD) Hunter Dickinson (Michigan) Isaiah Mobley (USC) E.J. Liddell (Ohio State) Isaiah Wong (Miami) Dawson Garcia (Marquette → TBD) Darius Days (LSU) Moussa Cisse (Memphis → TBD) Kendric Davis (SMU) Tyson Etienne (Wichita State) Marcus Carr (Minnesota → TBD) Armando Bacot (North Carolina) Colin Castleton (Florida) Trevion Williams (Purdue) Michael Devoe (Georgia Tech) Jaden Shackelford (Alabama → TBD) Orlando Robinson (Fresno State) Remy Martin (Arizona State → Kansas) Courtney Ramey (Texas) Keve Aluma (Virginia Tech) Quincy Guerrier (Syracuse → Oregon) De'Vion Harmon (Oklahoma → Oregon) Taz Sherman (West Virginia) Warith Alatishe (Oregon State) Kevin Obanor (Oral Roberts → ?) Jacob Young (Rutgers → Oregon) DeVante´ Jones (Coastal Carolina → Michigan) Bryce Hamilton (UNLV) Eric Ayala (Maryland) Jeenathan Williams (Buffalo) Kevin Samuel (TCU → FGCU) Josh Mballa (Buffalo) Justin Bean (Utah State) Darius Perry (UCF) DJ Burns (Winthrop) Kameron Langley (North Carolina A&T) Jermaine Couisnard (South Carolina) Keyshawn Bryant (South Carolina) Alex Morales (Wagner) Izaiah Brockington (Penn State) Christiaan Jones (Stetson) Ronaldo Segu (Buffalo) Davion Mintz (Kentucky) Kameron McGusty (Miami) Clyde Trapp (Clemson) Latrell Jones (Portland) [listicle id=1520950]