Michigan F Livers withdraws from NBA draft

Michigan forward Isaiah Livers announced Friday that he is pulling out of the NBA draft and returning for his senior season.

Livers had until Aug. 3 to make a decision, but as team workouts remain on hold with the NBA season about to restart, he saw no reason to wait any longer.

“What a crazy couple of months,” Livers said in a news release. “However, I have learned a great deal from this process, and I’m extremely excited to return to Ann Arbor. My family and I are so appreciative of Coach (Juwan) Howard and all the staff for letting us really explore my dream of playing in the NBA.

“While it was a limited process due to COVID-19, I want to thank all the NBA teams who took the time to talk to me. The information I gathered is going to be invaluable moving forward. But now, we have unfinished business in Ann Arbor. I cannot wait to do everything I can and help lead this team to great things.”

Howard, who played 19 NBA seasons, was excited to learn of Livers’ decision.

“It was a great afternoon when Isaiah stopped into my office and told us he would be returning,” Howard said in a statement. “The opportunity for Isaiah, and his family, to take a deep dive and learn as much as they could about professional basketball is a blessing. Now, he has even more information to know what he needs to do to reach that next level and fulfill his dreams. For us, we not only get a skilled and experienced veteran back, we get a true leader and one of the best young men I have met.”

The 6-foot-7 Livers averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season but was limited to just 21 games due to a groin injury. He shot 44.7 percent from the field — including 40.2 percent from 3-point range — and a sparkling 95.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Livers, who turns 22 on July 28, has career averages of 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 96 games (46 starts) for Michigan.

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