Kansas wing Ochai Agbaji has decided to withdraw from the 2021 NBA draft and will return to school for his senior year, a source tells Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Agbaji, who was the No. 67 prospect on ESPN’s big board, averaged 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game for the Jayhawks last year, knocking down 37.7% of his three-point attempts in 30 games (33.7 MPG). Agbaji projected as a potential second-round pick, according to Givony, who refers to him as one of the best defenders at the NCAA level.
The NCAA’s withdrawal deadline for early entrants in this year’s draft is on Wednesday, so there are plenty of other prospects making decisions on their future today. Here are a few of the other early entrants who are pulling out of the draft and returning to school:
- Warith Alatishe, F, Oregon State (Twitter link via Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports)
- Maurice Calloo, F, Oregon State (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Kofi Cockburn, C, Illinois (Twitter link via Andrew Slater of Pro Insight)
- Hunter Dickinson, C, Michigan (link via Jonathan Givony of ESPN)
- Remy Martin, G, transferring to Kansas from Arizona State (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Jaden Shackelford, G, Alabama (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Roman Silva, C, Oregon State (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Deon Stroud, G, Fresno State (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Sidney Wilson, G/F, SIU-Edwardsville (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Isaiah Wong, G, Miami (link via Givony)
While a number of prospects are removing their names from the 2021 draft pool, some early entrants have made the decision to go pro. UCLA’s Chris Smith is one, posting a farewell message to Bruins fans on Instagram. Sources tell Rothstein (Twitter link) that Saint Louis forward Hasahn French is also going pro rather than returning to college.