The college basketball off-season has seen plenty of crazy aspects to it in the first three and a half months. One being the new transfer rule which allowed one-time transfers to become immediately eligible without getting a waiver from the NCAA. Next is the NBA draft declaration and withdrawal. Fans saw plenty of great players enter the draft while keeping their collegiate eligibility.
July 7th was the deadline for the early entry players to decide on whether or not they will be returning to school or not. While July 19th was the date set for anyone else who has decided to take their talents to college for another year. While both of these dates have passed, here are some of the notable players who have announced they are returning for the 2021-22 season.
Marcus Carr, G, Texas
Marcus Carr spent his first three seasons at Pitt and Minnesota. He had to sit out during the 2018-19 season because of the NCAA transfer rules. Carr is now looking at his third team going into his senior season. With Carr being one of the top transfers in the portal this off-season, he had a ton of options. Ultimately, the senior guard decided to come back to school and join Chris Beard in Texas. He can score the ball at all three levels and can also get his teammates involved in different ways.
Carr averaged 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in the 2020-21 season.
Hunter Dickinson, F, Michigan
Hunter Dickinson took the Big Ten by storm as a freshman. With the monster season that he had, Dickinson declared for the NBA draft while keeping his eligibility. With plenty of people assuming he would return to Michigan for his sophomore season, he did exactly that. Juwan Howard was busy not only on the recruiting trail with bringing in players like Frankie Collins and Caleb Houstan. Also being active in the transfer portal, Howard brought in Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante’ Jones.
Dickinson averaged 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds in the 2020-21 season.
Ron Harper Jr, G, Rutgers
Rutgers’ last tournament appearance before 2021 was in 1991 and Ron Harper Jr was a huge part of that success. With Harper’s announcement to come back to school comes with another twist. His teammate, Geo Baker, has also decided to take his name out of the NBA draft and come back to college. News Rutgers fans wanted to hear all along.
Harper Jr averaged 14.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in the 2020-21 season. Also shooing 44% from the field.
Johnny Juzang, G, UCLA
From the First Four to the Final Four. Johnny Juzang was one of the most intriguing storylines in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. And guess what? He is running it back. Juzang was one of the early entries into the NBA draft and decided on the final day of the deadline that he will be returning to UCLA to try and repeat their run from last year. UCLA is looking to be a top-3 team entering 2021-22 with their main core coming back to Westwood.
Juzang averaged 16 points and 4.1 rebounds last season while shooting 44% from the floor.
Julian Champagnie, G, St John’s
Julian Champagnie returning to the Big East is massive news for St John’s. With the returning backcourt of Champagnie and Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Posh Alexander, the Red Storm have high hopes for the upcoming season. St John’s had a very good run late in the year to get placed on the NCAA Tournament bubble, ultimately falling short. With the return of a high-volume scoring guard in the back-court, the Big East is a better place.
Champagnie averaged 19.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 43% from the field in 2020-2021.
Max Abmas, G, Oral Roberts
Last but not least, the return of Oral Roberts guard, Max Abmas. The star of the tournament who led the 15-seeded Golden Eagles to an incredible run into the Sweet 16, which experienced a heartbreaking two-point loss to Arkansas. The sophomore caught fire in the tournament and averaged 26 PPG while plowing through to the second weekend as a 15-seed.
Abmas went on to average 24.5 points in the regular season in 2020-21.
The transfer portal was said to be crazy this off-season, but being able to see a lot of great talent being able to come back for another year in college basketball is fun to see. There are some names that were left off of the list, so here are other notable players that are returning for the 2021-22 season.
- Scotty Pippen Jr, Vanderbilt
- Marcus Bagley, Transfer Portal
- Marcus Sasser, Houston
- EJ Liddell, Ohio State
- Geo Baker, Rutgers
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