Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell will withdraw from the 2021 NBA draft and return to the Buckeyes for his junior year, he told ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

"This was a pretty difficult decision," he said. "No one in my family has ever been this close to getting to a professional league.

"After many conversations with my parents and coaches, I understood that returning was the best thing for me. Anyone can get signed to play in the NBA. I absolutely could have gotten a contract. But it's not about getting in the NBA, it's about staying in for the long-term."