Oklahoma senior guard Austin Reaves announced that he will submit his name for the 2021 NBA Draft, per a report in ESPN.com.
Reaves could have return for the 2021-22 season because the NCAA gave all players an additional year of eligibility to ‘winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 in Division I.’ But he is declaring for the draft and does not intend to return.
Reaves was part of a Sooners team that reached the NCAA Tournament and lost to Gonzaga in the second round.
The Sooners have experienced plenty of turnover so far this offseason. Head coach Lon Kruger retired last week, and the search for his replacement is ongoing. Fellow senior Kur Kuath will not return for an additional year. Sophomore guard De’Vion Harmon announced last week that he will enter the NBA Draft, though it’s unclear if he’s leaving the door open to returning to Norman. And, sophomore Victor Iwuakor submitted his name to the transfer portal on Thursday.
Reaves played two seasons at Oklahoma, having joined the program as a transfer from Wichita State. He has made one trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Reaves had a tremendous year for the Sooners, as he averaged 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while earning All-Big 12 First Team honors. He did so despite missing a couple of games due to COVID-19 protocols.
In the NCAA Tournament, Reaves scored 27 points in the second-round loss to Villanova, and 23 points in the first-round win over Missouri.
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