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Oregon State Basketball: Ethan Thompson Withdraws From 2020 NBA Draft, Returns To School

The Beavers star is coming back to Corvallis.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 22 Oregon State at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to a tweet from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Oregon State star guard Ethan Thompson has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft and plans to return to school.

Thompson is coming off a junior campaign in which he averaged 14.8 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, helping the Beavers to an 18-13 overall record and a 7-11 mark in Pac-12 play. He currently ranks in the Top 25 all-time on the Beavers career scoring list.

His return is a much needed boost for a program trying to deal with the departures of star forward Tres Tinkle, the school’s all-time leading scorer, and center Kylor Kelley, one of the best shot blockers in the country.

However, the promising guard should return to a reworked roster as during this off-season, head coach Wayne Tinkle added a fleet of junior college transfers to the program in Maurice Calloo, Tariq Silver and Rodrigue Andela. The Beavers may also be aided Nicholls State transfer Warith Alatishe, if he is granted an eligibility waiver for the 2020-2021 season.

The one incoming freshman to Corvallis is Isaiah Johnson, a 6’ 6”, 200-pound forward out of Thompson’s alma mater, Bishop Montgomery High School in California. Johnson will look to mix with the returning core of starters Zach Reichle and Alfred Hollins and rising sophomores Jarod Lucas and Gianni Hunt.