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Report: WSU's Efe Abogidi withdraws from NBA Draft, commits to G-League team

Abogidi was deciding between going pro, returning to WSU, going to another college. or going the G-League route.

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University forward Efe Abogidi withdrew from the NBA Draft in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, per CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Stadium's Jeff Goodman reported later in the day that Efe Abogidi will play for the G-League Ignite next season. 

Abogidi also was considering returning to college as his final four were WSU, Maryland, Arizona, and Florida.

Abogidi burst onto the scene as a freshman for the Cougs, averaging 8.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. He started in all 27 games his freshman season and was named to the All-Freshman Pac-12 team. This past season he averaged 8.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while battling through injuries. He started the majority of WSU's games this season, including both of their Pac-12 Tournament games and all four of their NIT games.

"It's insane to imagine that I'm here," Efe told KREM a few weeks ago as he was mulling his decisions. "I'm doing all this. A couple years ago, I wasn't even of thinking of playing basketball at college level. I got hurt, and I just went downhill. Nobody knew about me, but I'm here right now. I look back, and I feel like it's a blessing to just have all this. Everything you have, you've got to cherish it."

Abogidi also established in the interview, no matter what he chooses, he will always have love for WSU.

"I just want to say this is always going to be home for me. I will always be a Coug for life," said Efe, who also said that all the Cougar fans tweeting him to return has been "lovely". "WSU took a chance on me when I had nobody to start with. I always want the fans to understand when I come back here, I will always support Washington State, no matter what. It doesn't matter where I go. If I come back to Washington State, like I said, awesome, but it doesn't matter where I go. I want to come back here, and it be understood that I'm still a Cougar no matter what."


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