Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell told Jonathan Givony of ESPN on Saturday that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school for the 2021-22 season.
Liddell was named to the All-Big Ten First Team last season after averaging 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocked shots in 29 games with the Buckeyes. He produced eight 20-point games last season, which was seventh-best in the conference.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore was among the prospects that participated in the NBA G League Elite Camp. He told ESPN that teams want him to continue to work on his shot and defensive versatility this season to improve his standing among scouts.
The return of Liddell will be a big boost for the Buckeyes after losing Duane Washington Jr. to the draft. They secured the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season and should still be able to compete next season with Liddell back on campus.