University of California basketball star Johnny Guzang has announced his return to college basketball after withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft.
Basketball star at UCLA Johnny Jouzang He announced late Wednesday night that he will be dropping out of the 2021 NBA Draft and returning to school in his freshman year.
The move comes hours after teammate Juzang, Cody RileyHe also announced his intention to return to school. The news is great for the Bruins as they bring every member back from their run to the Final Four last season, which ended in disappointment because of Galen SuggsA prayer from the half of the field that sent Gonzaga to the national championship match.
Additionally, Juzang is among several notable players who have returned to school for the upcoming season, including Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas and USC’s Isaiah Mobley.
Meanwhile, Bruins welcome a strong recruiting class that includes McDonald’s All-American Peyton Watson and Rutgers Transfer Miles Johnson. Jouzang’s return only aids the Bruins in their quest for their 12th National School Championship and their first since 1995.
The return of Johnny Guzhang puts the UCLA Bruins in contention for the National Championship.
Before arriving in Los Angeles, Juzang was very well liked in high school. Ranked as a four-star recruit, Juzang attended the University of Kentucky under John Calipari. In his first season, Juzang averaged 2.9 points per game while shooting 37.7% from the field. However, his first game turned out to be his best game as the Wildcat, with Juzang scoring 13 points in the win over Tennessee.
After the season, Jouzang, a native of California, decided to move home to UCLA and play under coach Mick Cronin. Guzang played in 26 games this past season and scored 32 career points against the Washington Huskies in February.
The Bruins entered the 2021 NCAA Championship as a ranked eleven and won five NCAA Championship games while becoming the first team since the 2011 VCU Rams to go from the top four to the Final Four. In four of the six UCLA Championship games, Juzang scored more than 20 points and scored 29 points from 66.7 percent of the shot in the semi-final loss to Gonzaga.
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