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.
Nick Ward is returning to Michigan State next season, per a source. Entered 2018 NBA Draft without an agent.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 29, 2018
Nick Ward is returning to Michigan State for his junior season, his mother tells @TheAthleticDET.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) May 29, 2018
Ward averaged 12.4 pts and 7.1 rebs as a sophomore at MSU, starting 34 of 35 games.
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.