Indiana's Justin Smith, Devonte Green and Aljami Durham all removed their names from the NBA Draft process and announced Wednesday that they will return to the Hoosiers for the 2019-20 season.
The move was expected from all three, who likely only put their names in the draft in the first place in order to get feedback on the next steps for their development from NBA scouts, coaches and executives. None of them were likely to be drafted if they had kept their names in and left Indiana.
The draft process is more and more turning into a key part of offseason work for college players who are unlikely to hear their names called in the draft. Feedback from NBA personnel can give the players areas of their games on which to focus and help them develop workout plans for the summer. That's what will likely happen for Durham, Smith and Green, all of whom are projected to start for the Hoosiers in the coming season.
Smith will be a junior in the fall and averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds as a sophomore. He'll need to develop his jump shot and his rebounding instincts. Durham will also be a junior after averaging 8.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists as a sophomore. He'll have to become a better ball-handler and become consistent with his outside shooting. Green will be a senior and he averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3 assists as a junior. He'll be the team's primary ball-handler in 2019-20 and will have to develop into more of a vocal leader and improve his shot selection.