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Did Adia Barnes hint that Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona?

Or are we looking too much into it?

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If you pay close attention to Adia Barnes’ Twitter feed, you can usually tell when some Arizona women’s basketball news is about to break.

An example: In the evening on March 14, Barnes tweeted “Bear Down” using emojis. The next morning Indiana transfer Bendu Yeaney announced her commitment to the Cats.

So let’s read between the lines again. Monday night, Barnes tweeted a screenshot of a headline that said “Future looks bright for Arizona Wildcats—especially if Aari McDonald comes back for senior season.”

Barnes commented: “The future is so bright!!”

My immediate thought is that this was Barnes’ way of saying McDonald will be spurning the WNBA Draft and returning to the Wildcats.

Barnes certainly has been vocal about why the star point guard should stay in school: she has a chance to earn a master’s degree, she can replace Sabrina Ionescu as the best guard in the Pac-12 (maybe even the country), and continue helping Arizona reach new heights—all while boosting her stock for the 2021 draft.

Right now, most mock drafts do not have McDonald being selected in the Top 12, possibly because it is unclear if she will be declaring. McDonald has to make a decision pretty soon, with the draft being scheduled for April 17 (for now, anyway).

But seeing what Barnes tweeted, maybe she already has.