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(SNH) — The deadline for college players to withdraw their name from the NBA Draft and return to school was May 29.

We’ve seen a lot of top players like Alex Karaban, Mark Sears and Caleb Love announce their return to their respective programs.

But there’s also been a flood of players who announced their return to college but entered their name in the transfer portal.

Here are a few of the biggest names who are now in the portal:

Coleman Hawkins (Illinois)

The Illinois transfer instantly became the best player in the transfer portal as many schools are lining up for his services.

Hawkins averaged 12.1 points per game last year to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. His value on the defensive end of the floor goes beyond the statistics as he is arguably the most versatile big in the sport. Having a center who can guard multiple positions and space the floor at the college level is rare – it’s also very uncommon that a player of Hawkins ability is available this late in the transfer window.

“I will never play in the Big Ten again,” Hawkins said. North Carolina and Arkansas are viewed as the early favorites to land the senior.

Jamir Watkins (Florida State)

Watkins likely would have been selected in the second round of the draft but opted to return to college instead.

He performed well at the NBA combine – scoring 12 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists in his second game. Watkins had a private workout with the Los Angeles Lakers but ultimately decided to take his name out of the draft just before the deadline on Wednesday night.

Watkins led the Seminoles in points, rebounds, and steals this past season and shot 34.4% from three-point land. The junior started his career at VCU and has been a good defender throughout his career. Whoever lands Watkins will get an impactful player on both ends of the floor.

Michgan and St. John’s are the favorites to land Watkins at this point.

Arthur Kaluma (Kansas State)

Kaluma started his career at Creighton before becoming an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection last season with Kansas State.

He averaged 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his only year with the Wildcats and like the other players on this list – he’s also a two-way player who gets it done on both ends. Kaluma’s offensive game continues to improve, and he should have the best year of his career next season in his final year of eligibility.

Kaluma isn’t ruling out a return to Kansas State, but Memphis is making a push for the senior as well.

“If he gets drafted that is a great thing for our program,” Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang said of Kaluma before he withdrew his name from the draft process. “If he comes back to school and we have a chance to get him that is something we are going to try and do.”

Kaluma is rated as a five-star transfer by EvanMiya.com.

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