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Jessica Camerato: International players that withdrew as early entry candidates from draft. D. Johnson (CSU-Northridge), M. Rowan (N.C. State) also withdrew.
Misko Raznatovic: Arar, Ilic, Simanic and Mushidi have withdrawn their names from draft!
Rodions Kurucs was projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft but decided to withdraw his participation. The news were announced by his agent on Twitter.
Garry Parrish: Hamidou Diallo is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to Kentucky, a source told @CBSSports.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Brandon Goodwin has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft, the school announced Wednesday, and will return to the Eagles for the upcoming season.
Shaqquan Aaron will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to USC, Coach Andy Enfield said Wednesday, providing another boost to the resurgent program.
Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is staying in the NBA Draft, source told ESPN. I had one GM tell me they think he is most underrated guy in draft.
The Knicks workout today included Iowa State’s Deonte Burton, Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and LSU’s Antonio Blakeney today, ESPN has learned. Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo was supposed to work out but pulled out.
Jeff Goodman: NC State’s Omer Yurtseven will withdraw from draft and return to play for Kevin Keatts, sources told ESPN. Yurtseven could have left and made plenty of money overseas, but was likely second-rounder or even undrafted. Stock will go up.
Jeff Goodman: North Carolina’s Tony Bradley is remaining in the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, multiple sources told ESPN.
All along, even after Yante Maten declared for the NBA draft last month, the expectation has been that the UGA basketball star would ultimately be back for his senior season. Now it’s official: Maten will do just that. Maten is withdrawing his name from the draft, he announced on Tuesday night. While Maten tested the waters, and participated in workouts with at least two NBA teams, he retained his college eligibility by not signing with an agent.
Maryland freshman forward Justin Jackson said Tuesday afternoon that he would meet with his family to discuss whether he will return to College Park for his sophomore season or remain in the June 22 NBA draft. The deadline for underclassmen to pull out of the draft is Wednesday evening.
“Truthfully, I’m hearing a whole bunch of different things. It’s kind of mixed right now. I just really have to sit down and discuss it with my family, my circle, and really try to figure things out,” Jackson told reporters after his workout. “Everyone is just trying to gather as much information as possible and try and make the best decision.”
Center Thomas Welsh and reserve guard Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA after taking their names out of consideration for the NBA draft.
Xavier coach Chris Mack told ESPN that Trevon Bluiett is withdrawing from draft and returning to school.
Adam Zagoria: Source on Hamidou Diallo: “Nothing has been solidified at this point.” Again, deadline is 11:59 PM ET Wednesday.
Adam Zagoria: UCLA junior Thomas Welsh will return to school for his senior season after having tested the NBA Draft waters. Good news for Steve Alford.
Jeff Goodman: Continue to hear, via multiple sources, that North Carolina’s Tony Bradley leaning towards keeping his name in for the NBA Draft.
Alabama big man Braxton Key will withdraw from the NBA draft process and return to Tuscaloosa for his sophomore season, the school announced Tuesday.
Jeff Goodman: Florida Gulf Coast’s Brandon Goodwin told ESPN he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school. 18.5 ppg.
That is, of course, if Diallo decides to remain in the draft. The scuttlebutt is he is still considering going back to Kentucky. League sources have told me that Diallo will stay in the draft only if he receives a “guarantee’’ from a team that it will select him in the first round. Some NBA officials claim they wouldn’t do that. Said a longtime Western Conference scout of Diallo: “He’s very athletic and long. But he has no game. None. I see him as a second-round pick. I hope, for his sake, he goes back to college.’’
Jeff Goodman: Stetson coach Corey Williams told ESPN that Divine Myles and Derick Newton are both withdrawing from NBA draft process, returning to school.
Seton Hall center Angel Delgado has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.
St. Bonaventure star point guard Jaylen Adams has removed his name from consideration for the NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season.
Jeff Goodman: Texas Tech coach Chris Beard told ESPN that Zach Smith will return to Lubbock next season. Will withdraw from NBA Draft.
Adam Zagoria: Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo’s decision is ‘going to the wire on Wednesday, source says. Has had several NBA workouts.
Michael Scotto: Texas guard Andrew Jones announced he will withdrawn from the draft and return to school. Big news with Mo Bamba and Matt Coleman coming in.
Jeff Goodman: Ohio transfer Jaaron Simmons told ESPN he will withdraw from NBA draft process. Grad transfer who will play at Michigan next season.
Jeff Goodman: West Virginia’s Jevon Carter will withdraw from NBA Draft process and return to Morgantown next season, the school announces.
Jeff Goodman: Austin Peay junior guard Josh Robinson (20.3 ppg) told ESPN he has signed with an agent, will not return to school. Plans to play overseas.
Jeff Goodman: Western Michigan’s Thomas Wilder told ESPN he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school next season.
Jeff Goodman: Colorado’s George King (11.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, source told ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: Missouri State coach Paul Lusk told ESPN that Alize Johnson will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school next season.
Jeff Goodman: Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy told ESPN James Thompson IV withdrew from NBA Draft to return to school for his junior season.
Arizona wing Rawle Alkins announced Sunday he will return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season after testing the NBA draft process by posting a statement on Twitter. Alkins was invited to the NBA combine earlier this month and worked out for the Nets and Raptors before making his decision. He was replaced for a workout with Utah on Saturday, fueling speculation he might return to Arizona.
Jeff Goodman: Florida’s John Egbunu will return to school, spokesman told ESPN.
Jaaron Simmons will be going to Michigan. The Ohio University transfer confirmed to the Free Press that he is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft, which cements his Michigan plans as a grad transfer point guard.
Marshall guard Jon Elmore has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. Marshall announced Elmore’s decision Wednesday to return for the 2017-18 season.
The deadline for Tacko Fall to make his NBA decision is fast approaching and the UCF center still isn’t sure what he is going to do. The 7-foot-6 post player has not hired an agent and has until next Wednesday to decide whether to remain in the NBA draft or return to the Knights for his junior season.
Jeff Goodman: Oregon State’s Drew Eubanks has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft, source told ESPN.
Adam Zagoria: Isaac Haas will return to Purdue and withdraw from the NBA Draft, source tells ZAGSBLOG. First by @Jon Rothstein
Raphielle Johnson: BYU just announced that forward Eric Mika will hire an agent and remain in this year’s NBA Draft.
Jon Rothstein: Stephen Thompson Jr. will return to Oregon State next season, per a source. Entered 2017 NBA Draft without an agent.
Jon Rothstein: George King will return to Colorado next season, per a source. Originally entered 2017 NBA Draft without an agent.
Caleb Swanigan still wants input from additional workouts before making a decision by the May 24 deadline to stay eligible for the June draft. “It would take news for me to leave Purdue,” he said. “I think anyone who wants to play in the NBA and hears something like that (being a first-round pick), should take it. But guys like Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry) played three years in college, so there’s no rush.”
Eddie Sefko: UT’s Andrew Jones also said he plans to see how the combine and interview processes go, then will make an informed decision on NBA.
Jeff Goodman: UAB’s William Lee has withdrawn from the NBA draft, Robert Ehsan told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Duke freshman guard Frank Jackson will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft and hire an agent, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Jeff Goodman: Duke freshman Frank Jackson will remain in NBA Draft, sources told ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: Frank Jackson will sign with Bill Duffy.
Eddie Sefko: SMU’s Semi Ojeleye says he has yet to hire an agent. But he plans to stay in NBA draft. Details — and Nigeria Natl. team info — to come.
Jeff Goodman: Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon announced they plan to return for their senior seasons. Had declared for the NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: James Blackmon Jr. officially gone from Indiana. Signing with an agent. To each their own.
Jeff Goodman: Nevada’s Cameron Oliver staying in NBA Draft. Has signed with Todd Ramasar of Life Sports Media & Entertainment, Ramasar told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell, who says he’s staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, plans to sign with agent Ty Sullivan of CAA.
Utah forward Kyle Kuzma has announced on Twitter that he will hire an agent and remain in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 Flint, Michigan, native led the Utes in scoring and rebounding as a junior and had 15 double-doubles last season. He shot 50.4 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from 3-point range. Kuzma is small to play power forward at the next level, though his versatile game fits the recent NBA style of play.
Indiana’s Thomas Bryant will sign with an agent, rather than return to school, a source told Scout.
While he has yet to make a final decision, Baylor All-American forward Johnathan Motley currently plans to hire an agent and keep his name in the NBA draft. Motley declared for the draft earlier this month but did not hire an agent, preserving his college eligibility. A source familiar with the discussions confirmed Motley’s intentions Friday. “It’s not 100 percent,” the source said, “but it’s pretty close.”
Bennie Boatwright has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Southern California for his junior year. He averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Trojans last season despite missing 17 games because of injuries.
Bennie Boatwright has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Southern California for his junior year.
Adam Zagoria: Kentucky says freshman forward Bam Adebayo will sign with an agent and leave Kentucky. Projected late first/early-second round pick.
Michael Scotto: Source: Terrance Ferguson will sign with Rich Paul. Potential 1st round pick turns 19 in May. He’s a 6-7 SG with athleticism & 3-point range
Jon Rothstein: Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, per multiple sources. #BBN
Jorge Sierra: Draft prospects OG Anunoby and Tyler Dorsey will be represented by Octagon, we’re told.
University of North Carolina juniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson and freshman Tony Bradley have filed paperwork with the NBA to enter the 2017 Draft process. None of the three have hired professional representation which allows them the opportunity to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the Draft or return for another season of college basketball. “We fully support our players taking this step of being evaluated by NBA teams to see where they stand in relation to the Draft,” says Carolina head coach Roy Williams. “All three players have options to do what is best for their careers and going through the evaluation process helps them make the best decision available to each of them.”
A Pacific Division executive echoed that sentiment, though others wonder if the deeper NBA 3-pointer will cause Jackson problems, at least initially. “There’s a lot less of a concern now than there was in the early part of the season, maybe the middle of the season,” the executive said. “He shot 40 percent the last month, month and a half of the year (Jackson shot 48.1 percent, 25 of 52, behind the arc the last seven weeks of the season). He’s been the best player in his class. He has that kind of pedigree. If he can consistently shoot from NBA range, he does so many other things well he’s going to be a good NBA player.”
“I freaking love him,” said an executive of a team that should be fairly high in the Lottery. “This guy’s getting better as he goes, so I can’t see how he can’t be Iguodala — a guy who can defend and pass, and who’s becoming a better shooter. I know the Kansas people, and in terms of work and all that stuff … they were absolutely in love with him as a kid — not a little bit, a lot. He has Wiggins’ athleticism with character off the chain.”
“We probably have Tatum a little ahead,” a Pacific Division executive said. “He’s got prototypical size, length and strength. For a 19-year-old, he’s got an unbelievably good body. He looks like an NBA vet. He scores the ball so easily. He’s the best shooter of the three. He does need to get better defensively. He’s able to do both of those things, score from all ranges. The question is, can he combine all of that, be a three-level scorer (three-pointer, midrange and in the post)? From what I’ve seen he has a chance to do all three, even though he hasn’t done it consistently.”
“Physically, he’s got the strength and the power to play the four,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “There will be some matchups where he just doesn’t have the height, but he’s going to have enough versatility that (against) most backup fours, he’s going to be able to match up against them. The league is spacing and shooting; there’s not many power fours anymore. (But) I can’t see OG turning into Kawhi, personally. Kawhi was such a great rebounder in college, and that’s not what OG does.”
Hamidou Diallo: That plan hasn’t changed and that’s what why I am declaring for the NBA Draft. I do not plan on hiring an agent at this time. I want to see where my game is and explore my options. I just want to keep all doors open, and I want to thank Coach Cal, the coaching staff and my teammates for allowing me to pursue my dreams. My game has grown so much in the four months I’ve been at UK. I don’t know what the next few weeks are going to have in store for me, but I do know I’m going to work as hard as I ever have and keep an open mind. At the end of the day, this is a learning process for me and I appreciate the Big Blue Nation for being both understanding and supportive of my decision. I can’t thank you enough for making me a part of the family from day one.
SigmaSports: Diego Flaccadori (@flacks12 – 194cm – 1996) of @AquilaBasketTN has entered his name in the Nba Draft 2017 #SigmaSportsFamily #DreamBIG
North Carolina freshman Tony Bradley filed the necessary paperwork to declare for the NBA Draft, a source told Scout.
Adam Zagoria: Multiple NBA execs saying Diallo might be a second-rounder as a ‘flier’
Jeff Goodman: Interesting news from Lexington: Guard Hamidou Diallo, who enrolled at the semester, will test the NBA Draft waters, will not hire agent.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Lithuania 6-foot-9 forward Arnoldas Kulboka to test NBA draft waters. GMs headed to Bamberg. Smooth stroke, long-term upside.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Indiana, New York, Miami, Utah and others in Belgrade. Projected draftees Jonah Bolden vs Alpha Kaba is MUST SEE. pic.twitter.com/AD4PkNvVEb
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Sources tell me R.C. Buford, Trajan Langdon, Kevin Pritchard scouted draft-eligible center Anzejs Pasecniks MVP game 24 & 7, shot 11/13 FG.
Jeff Goodman: Cornell sophomore guard Matt Morgan will test waters without agent for NBA draft, source told ESPN. Leading scorer in Ivy his first 2 years.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Zalgiris Kaunas 7-foot-1 PF/C Isaiah Hartenstein entered the NBA draft, his agent tells me.
For Frank Jackson and his family, the process has been arduous, and the decision has been difficult. But in the end, Jackson decided to follow his dream. The Duke University freshman and former Lone Peak High superstar — the most recent Utahn to be a McDonald’s All-American — declared for the NBA draft on Saturday night. Jackson will not hire an agent and will go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision on his collegiate eligibility.
“Frank has always wanted to be in the NBA,” his father, Al, told The Tribune in a phone interview. “He went to Duke for a variety of reasons, and we absolutely made the right decision. If he had gone anywhere else, we wouldn’t have had to struggle with this decision. Frank would’ve been a one-and-done player with no doubt.”
Jon Rothstein: Texas Tech’s Zach Smith will enter the 2017 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, per a source.
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Erik Horne: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant get double technicals after some jawing. Chest-to-chest. Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, was up clapping and Durant walked over to give him a five. Westbrook’s dad is sitting three seats down from Kleiman. Fun scene.