Deng Adel is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and returning to school for his junior season.
A 6-foot-7 wing, Adel was projected as a second round pick at best coming off of a season where he averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while starting 30 games.
But Adel did play his best basketball down the stretch, averaging better than 16 points in Louisville’s final six games.
His return was critical for the Cardinals, who lost Donovan Mitchell to the NBA Draft. For a team that struggled to score at times this past season, losing their top two scorers would have been a brutal blow. With Adel back in the fold, Louisville looks like a top ten team that could push for an ACC title.
The Adel news was first reported by FanRag Sports.