UCF guard returns to school after exploring NBA
UCF sophomore point guard Darin Green Jr. is returning to school after testing the NBA waters.
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein was the first to report Green would be rejoining the Knights.
The UCF basketball Twitter account later welcome Green back.
Green, who grew up in Tampa, averaged 10.1 points per game as a freshman last season. He led the American Athletic Conference in 3-point field-goal percentage (41.7) and 3-point field goals made (68).
He announced on April 16 he would leave school early to pursue his NBA dream.
“This process will allow me to test the waters and receive feedback,” Green wrote in a social media post in April. “I thank God for blessing me with this opportunity and I want to thank my parents and coaches for their support.”
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Green had a lot of time to evaluate his options.
The NCAA deadline to decide whether to enter the draft or return to school was June 3, but that deadline was pushed back indefinitely while the NBA struggles to figure out whether it can complete the current season that was suspended due to the pandemic and set the draft lottery based on all teams’ results.
UCF coach Johnny Dawkins has had players explore their NBA options in the past and return to play for the Knights the next season, including Celtics rookie center Tacko Fall.