NBA Draft 2021: Top prospects Cody Riley, Terrence Shannon withdraw from the draft to return to college

NBA Draft Prospects 2021: Cody Riley has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to UCLA as a redshirt senior this fall.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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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NBA Draft 2021 Order:

  1. 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