After initially declaring for the NBA Draft, UCF Knights forwards Isaiah Adams and C.J Walker are returning to the program for next season, according to UCF’s social media accounts.
Adams was first to confirm yesterday:
Put the league on notice @IsaiahIAAdams is BACK ⚔ #ChargeOn— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) July 6, 2021
Rothstein reported Walker’s withdrawal Wednesday.
Source: UCF's CJ Walker is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft and returning to school next season.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 7, 2021
UPDATE: UCF confirmed Walker is returning on Wednesday:
.@Cjwalker_14 said run it back— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) July 7, 2021
Can't wait to see what Skywalker has in store for year ✌ #ChargeOn
Adams’ name never actually appeared on the NBA’s list of early entrants, although his teammates C.J. Walker and Darius Perry did.
Perry announced his return earlier this week. Today was the deadline for any early entrants to withdraw their names and return while keeping their eligibility intact.
Adams was a rookie sensation for UCF, averaging 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He hit for a season-high 26 on 10/11 from the floor in the best game of his freshman year at Tulane.
Given his size, length, maturity and athleticism, Adams is a conundrum for defenses.
Perhaps the best part of Isaiah’s story is off the court, as Spectrum News 13’s Pat Welter chronicled last year:
Walker, the former five-star from Sanford who transferred from Oregon, was a rebounding and defensive machine last year for UCF, averaging 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. As you can see from his highlight reel, the man is a problem:
Welter provided a look at the process about a month ago:
Given how both players performed last year in their first season at UCF, with no real preseason program due to COVID, both Adams and Walker should be a serious threat for all-conference this year.
And as Rothstein pointed out:
UCF is the sleeper team in the American Athletic Conference. https://t.co/kOwPOYnABB— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 7, 2021
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This story has been updated.