UCF guard re­turns to school af­ter ex­plor­ing NBA

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Iliana Limón Romero Email Iliana Limón Romero at il­imon@or­lan­dosen­tinel.com.

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.

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