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Big 10 Basketball Has Multiple Big Names Announce Their Return To School

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The Universities of Iowa and Illinois basketball programs received news that their star players are returning for another go.

For the Hawkeyes, the reigning B10 player of the year, Luka Garza took to social media to announce his withdrawal from the NBA draft to return to school for his senior campaign.

Garza said "it would have been too hard to close the book without the last chapter."

Along with becoming the first hawkeye to win B10 basketball player of the year, Garza he broke the Iowa record for most points in a season.

Garza averaged 23.9 points a game and became the fourth player nationally since 2007 to have 700 points, 300 rebounds, 50 blocks and 35 three-pointers in a single season.

After being a finalist for national player of year in 2019-2020, Garza is a favorite to be a finalist once again for the 2020-2021 season.

For the Illini they received the news from two of their players they would be returning.

First to make the announcement was Ayo Dosunmu, who will be returning for his junior year.

In his post he kept it simple, stating in his video "year 3."

Dosunmu averaged 16.6 points and 3.3 assists last season.

After Dosunmu's announcement, reigning B10 freshman basketball player of the year, Kofi Cockburn said he would also be withdrawing from the NBA draft to return with Dosunmu.

Cockburn averaged 13.3 points and 8.8 rebound per game last season.

The Illini finished last season 21-10, 13-7 in conference, and were set for their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2013.

After the two announcements, Illinois has been put into the top 10 in some preseason polls.

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Garrett Tiehes

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