Gideon George Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return To BYU

May 30, 2022, 10:13 AM | Updated: 10:18 am


BYU forward Gideon George (Courtesy of Utah Jazz)

(Courtesy of Utah Jazz)

SALT LAKE CITY – BYU forward Gideon George reportedly withdrew his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Provo for his final season with the Cougars.

The news was first reported by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman on Sunday, May 29.

“BYU’s Gideon George has submitted the paperwork to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, source told @Stadium. George averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 boards this past season,” Goodman tweeted.

In recent days, George had worked out for multiple NBA teams, including the Utah Jazz.

Although he made his choice to return to BYU before the end of May, George had until June 13 to make a final decision on the pre-draft process, which is the early entrant deadline to withdraw.

George has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.

About Gideon George

After playing at New Mexico Junior College, the Minna, Nigeria native transferred to BYU ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Shortly after last season, George entered the NBA Draft process. He also entered the NCAA Transfer Portal for a short time before withdrawing his name.

George will rejoin a BYU basketball program that is entering its final season as a member of the West Coast Conference.

During his two seasons with the Cougars, George averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.4 steals per game. He shot 42.6 percent overall and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc.

George has played 60 games at BYU, including 27 starts.

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