Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji withdraws from NBA Draft and returns for senior season


Guard Ochai Agbaji #30 of the Kansas Jayhawks gestures to his teammates during the second half of the college basketball game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on March 07, 2020 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to play for the Jayhawks for his senior season.

“Jayhawk Nation, I’m coming back to KU this season,” Agbaji said. “Going through the process at the NBA Combine and team workouts has been a really good experience. I cannot thank my family enough, the NBA teams, my KU coaches and teammates, as well as everyone who supported me in this process. I am so looking forward to next season, playing in front of the best fans in basketball and contending for a national championship.”

Agbaji had declared for the draft after a season where he earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team, All-Big 12 honorable mention honors as well as 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

In April, Agbaji decided to pursue a career in the NBA, while still maintaining his collegiate eligibility if he decided to return.

“He will sign with an agent, but will continue follow the guidelines set by the NCAA and NBA to protect his collegiate eligibility,” head coach Bill Self said after Agbaji’s decision to enter the draft. “Och will be able to gain great insight on what areas he needs to work on which could improve his draft stock. I know that will be beneficial for him this year before he decides whether he should come back or remain in the NBA Draft process.”

Agbaji played high school basketball at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

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