LOGAN — Neemias Queta isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Utah State just yet.

The Aggies’ star center announced on Twitter Sunday night that he will return for his junior season in 2020-21, rather than declare for the upcoming NBA draft.

“After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided to return to Utah State for my junior season,” Queta wrote. “My dream has always been to play in the NBA, but now is not the right time to declare for the Draft. We have continued to build a great program here at Utah State and it is one that I am very proud of representing. Let’s pack the Spectrum next season so together we can climb to the top of the Mountain West once again.”

Sunday was the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft. A year ago, Queta did did just that before he ultimately decided to return to Utah State.

Since arriving in Logan in 2018, Queta has been one of the Aggies’ most valuable contributors. As a freshman, the Portuguese national started 35 games and averaged 11.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest. He was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and earned a spot on the All-Mountain West second team and Mountain West All-Tournament team.

A knee injury slowed Queta early on this past season, but he ended up playing in 22 games and helped USU win its second straight Mountain West Conference Tournament championship, averaging 13 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Queta’s return is notable given the losses the Aggies have already incurred to their championship roster. Star guard Sam Merrill has exhausted all of his eligibility, while fellow guard Abel Porter has announced that he will transfer to Ohio State upon his graduation from Utah State.

Along with Queta, other Aggies slated to return next season include Justin Bean, Alphonso Anderson and Brock Miller, among others.