Tom Izzo just got more incentive to stay in East Lansing.


Michigan State's Nick Ward decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and return back to college for his junior year. 


Ward was extremely humbled and grateful to experience the past few months. He said, "It was a great opportunity for me to go through the process and I'm grateful for the feedback I received from NBA teams." Ward was not invited to the NBA draft combine but worked out for several teams.

Ward will be a great asset to Michigan State again next season. He was an All-Big Ten third team selection after leading Michigan State in rebounding with 7.1 per game. 


Ward was also the third best shooter on the team with an average of 12.4 points a game. He is a solid contributor to the team and will hopefully help guide the Spartans in the right direction come tournament season. 

Ward has some serious potential to leave a mark on the Spartan legacy.  His return is a large factor in the team's Big Ten and National Title hopes. 


This could be a really great call for Ward. By not rushing into the NBA and taking another year to play some high-quality college basketball, he will be able to fine-tune his game. This could be his last season in the NCAA if his draft stock increases drastically after this season.