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NCAAB: Draft Roundup: Marcus Bagley returning to ASU; Jason Preston stays in

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Arizona State forward Marcus Bagley withdrew from the 2021 NBA Draft on Wednesday and said he will return to play again for coach Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils.

Bagley tweeted, “Run it back” along with a trident emoji referencing ASU and a video image of himself during practice flashing the Sun Devils sign.

The 6-foot-8 Bagley was limited to 12 games (11 starts) during his 2020-21 freshman season with the Sun Devils due to calf and ankle injuries and averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. He shot just 38.7 percent, including 34.7 from 3-point range.

Bagley is the younger brother of Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, who was the second selection of the 2018 draft.

–Ohio guard Jason Preston told ESPN he will keep his name in the draft and sign with Roc Nation Sports for representation.

Preston reportedly had a strong performance at last month’s draft combine in Chicago and therefore decided to forego his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Preston was named first-team All-MAC and MAC Tournament MVP as he led the Bobcats to a conference title and a first-round NCAA upset of Virginia. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.5 steals per contest in 2020-21.

–Geo Baker announced on social media that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and exercise his opportunity for a fifth season of eligibility at Rutgers.

Baker averaged 10.4 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds during his senior season in 2020-21. The 6-foot-4 guard helped Rutgers reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991, and the Scarlet Knights came within a few points of upsetting No. 2 seed Houston in the second round.

“Although last year was historic, the way it ended still doesn’t sit well with me,” Baker said in a video message. “We still have some unfinished business to take care of and I’m excited to get to it with Rutgers Nation by my side. I’m back.”

Baker was one of the leading advocates for college athletes to be given name, image and likeness rights and was among the basketball players to request a meeting with NCAA president Mark Emmert during March Madness. NCAA athletes now have the ability to profit off their NIL rights — and in conjunction with his return announcement, Baker revealed a custom Scarlet Knights jersey he partnered with a fitness company to create.

–Field Level Media

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