NBA Draft Prospects 2021: Cody Riley has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to UCLA as a redshirt senior this fall. Also, Terrence Shannon Jr. is returning for a third season at Texas Tech after removing his name from consideration for the NBA draft.
The 2021 NBA draft will take place on July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The NBA Draft Lottery has already taken place.
The Detroit Pistons hold the first overall pick after the draft lottery, followed by Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and Orlando Magic to round out the top five.
NBA Draft Prospects 2021: Cody Riley withdraws from NBA draft, will return to UCLA
The forward from Kansas City, Kansas, announced his decision on social media ahead of the withdrawal deadline Wednesday night.
The Bruins made a run to the Final Four before losing to Gonzaga in the national semifinals. Riley started all 31 games last season, averaging 10 points and 5.4 rebounds — both career highs.
JUST IN: Both Cody Riley and Johnny Juzang will be withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to UCLA.
Absolute HUGE news… definitely some unfinished business 🧐 pic.twitter.com/ud6pXUJxR4
— UCLA Barstool (@UCLABarstool) July 8, 2021
“My goals of graduating and helping UCLA and my teammates chase a championship have me more motivated than I have ever been,” Riley said.
Riley didn’t play his freshman season after being suspended for his involvement in a shoplifting incident in China during the Bruins’ season opener.
NBA Draft Prospects 2021: Shannon returning to Texas Tech instead of the NBA draft
Terrence Shannon Jr. is returning for a third season at Texas Tech after removing his name from consideration for the NBA draft.
Shannon’s decision Wednesday came three months after he declared for the draft without hiring an agent, and on the deadline for withdrawing from the draft that will be held July 29.
Terrence Shannon Jr. Will return to #TexasTech 🔴⚫️
Shannon averaged 12.9 Points, 4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 35.7 percent from three
The Big 12 will be on another level next year pic.twitter.com/X52kcWajWt
— Tobias Bass (@tobias_bass) July 7, 2021
The Chicago high school product averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season as a sophomore when Texas Tech reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The versatile guard has averaged 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in his two seasons combined at Tech.
NBA Draft 2021 Order:
- Detroit Pistons
2. Houston Rockets
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Orlando Magic
9. Sacramento Kings
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Golden State Warriors