Stephen Thompson Jr. has withdrawn his name from the 2017 NBA draft, according to Jeff Goodman.
Oregon State’s Stephen Thompson Jr. is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft, source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 16, 2017
Thompson originally declared for the draft at the end of March with fellow teammate Drew Eubanks, but did not hire an agent giving him an opportunity to return to Corvallis for his junior season. Thompson averaged 16.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 3.0 APG during his sophomore season.
Eubanks also did not hire an agent and has until until May 24th to formally withdraw his name from the NBA draft. Drew Eubanks enjoyed a breakout sophomore season averaging 14.5 PPG and 8.4 RPG, while often being doubled in the post. Eubanks was not invited to the NBA combine that was held this past week and is not expected to hear his name called in the upcoming NBA draft if he does not withdraw from it, but he could still choose to play professionally overseas or pursue his NBA dreams while honing his skills in the NBA D-League (or G-League).
In other news, Oregon State football tight end, Noah Togiai, has officially been granted a medical redshirt and an extra season of eligibility. Togiai tore his MCL on the opening kick-off during the Beavers second game last season. He has a been a full participant in spring practices and will be a huge option in the passing game this upcoming season as a redshirt sophomore.
The Beavers were extremely thin at tight end last season, but will return a healthy Noah Togiai and Tuli Wily-Matagi; while adding newly-eligible Quinn Smith (transfer), Joah Robinett (position change) and preferred walk-ons Bryce Bramscher and Jack Holum. Expect the tight ends to be featured in the Beavers revamped passing attack this year.