Juwaan Morgan Withdraws from NBA Draft, Returns to Indiana
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"BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Indiana University men's basketball player Juwan Morgan will withdraw from the 2018 NBA Draft and will return for his senior season with the Hoosiers.
"It's been a great process and I thank all the teams for their feedback, but after talking with my family, coaches, and closest friends, it is in my best interest to return to IU and continue preparing for my senior year," said Morgan. "It has always been a goal of mine to play basketball at the highest level and that hasn't changed."
Morgan, a 6-7 forward from Waynesville, Missouri, was the most improved player in the Big Ten where he upped his overall scoring by 8.8 points and his Big Ten output by 10.6 points. A first-team USBWA All-District and second-team All-Big Ten and NABC All-District pick, Morgan started 30 games and averaged 16.5 points overall and 7.4 rebounds. He also shot 57.9% from the field and added 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals. He ranked among the top 10 players in the league in each of the categories overall and in Big Ten play.
Against conference opposition, he averaged 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks. He shot 37.8% from three-point range in Big Ten action and 41.2% from long range in February. He averaged 18.4 points in December, 17.8 points in January and 17.6 points in February. He earned National Player of the Week honors after leading IU to an 80-77 win over nationally ranked Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic. He made the game-winning dunk with 8.6 seconds left and scored a career-high and event record 34 points and added 11 rebounds. He had eight double-doubles this season and scored 20 points or more 10 times."
The two big questions coming into this offseason for Archie Miller were: Will Romeo Langford commit to IU, and is Juwan Morgan staying for his senior season. Check and check.
Morgan returning confirms to fans of Indiana basketball that maybe the Hoosiers can make a run at something special this year by pairing Langford, the rest of this year's recruiting class, and a seasoned upperclassmen in Morgan.
This announcement along with Carsen Edwards and Nojel Eastern returning to Purdue next season should shape up for some more fun in Big Ten hoops this year.