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With Louis King and Bol Bol having already announced they will be staying in the 2019 NBA Draft, Oregon basketball will have a third player depart for the professional ranks following the 2018-19 season. Late Sunday night, sophomore forward Kenny Wooten posted on his Instagram that he will not be returning to the Ducks.
LSU guard Javonte Smart withdrew from the NBA draft and will return to Baton Rouge for his sophomore season in 2019-20. Smart announced his decision Saturday night on social media. He started 18 of his 34 games with the Tigers last season, averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals for the SEC regular-season champions.
Jeff Goodman: Cal Baptist’s Milan Acquaah has withdraw from the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium
A sprained calf kept Jordan Nwora from participating in drills or 5-on-5 games at the combine. Instead of playing, Nwora is meeting with teams at the combine in advance of setting up individual workouts in the 10 days between the end of the combine and the NCAA's May 29 deadline to make a decision on whether to stay in the draft. The injury has only added to the uncertainty about his final decision.
"I’m still 50-50," Nwora said. "Just going to be the feedback I’m getting. Obviously, I wasn’t able to play this week, I wanted to play really badly. It happens. I should be good to start doing stuff next week, work out a little. If I hear what I want to hear, I’ll stay and if not I’ll go back to school."
Gary Woelfel: Michigan SG Jordan Poole (Milw Rufus King) will stay in draft and be repped by CAA, whose many clients include Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Shams Charania: Tennessee star junior Grant Williams is staying in the 2019 NBA Draft, as he announces in exclusive @Stadium sit-down:
Sources have told Rivals.com that Kerry Blackshear seems to be leaning toward keeping his name in the NBA Draft. While he may go undrafted, the feeling is that he would be OK spending a year in the G-League instead of spending next year at a new college program.
Jeff Goodman: LSU’s Naz Reid told @Stadium there is no chance he returns to school. No shock. Tigers PG Tremont Waters also headed to the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. Still four other LSU players still in in the mix who declared: Skylar Mays, Ja'Vonte Smart, Emmitt Williams, Marlon Taylor.
Brissett has until May 29 to withdraw from the draft and return to campus. But he’s not leaning any way as of now. “I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m just really trying to gather all the information I can, honestly. I think I’ll take it to the last day and just weigh all my options.”
Jeff Goodman: Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort told @Stadium he is “100 percent” gone to the NBA Draft and won’t be returning to college.
Jontay Porter is staying in the NBA draft and won’t return to school. Jeremiah Tilmon is not going through the NBA draft evaluation process and will stay at MU for his junior season.
Jeff Goodman: UCF coach Johnny Dawkins told @Stadium that Aubrey Dawkins is definitely staying in the NBA Draft.
According to Andy Katz of NCAA.com, Grant Williams told him and Allie LaForce of TNT that he plans to make his decision about his basketball future on Saturday after going through the combine and getting feedback from NBA teams.
Brandon Marcello: I can confirm Auburn forward Chuma Okeke has opted to remain in the NBA Draft, according to a source. His Auburn career is over. (First reported by @DraftExpress)
University of Arkansas Little Rock graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker was torn between staying in college for another season or going to the NBA, but he chose to stay in college and play for coach Penny Hardaway and his staff. Tucker chose Memphis over Auburn, Kansas, West Virinia and Iowa State.
Tucker previously declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and followed his transfer decision with a series of tweets clarifying that the NBA is still his main focus. “Not pulling my name out the draft for everyone that’s wondering,” Tucker tweeted. “NBA first, college if NBA doesn’t work out.”
Edgar Thompson: As he decides whether to return to #Gators, PG Andrew Nembhard invited to the NBA G-League Combine. If he does well there, could earn invite to main combine. #Gators
Forward V.J. King will not return to Louisville basketball next season, coach Chris Mack told the Courier Journal on Thursday.
Everett graduate Trevor Manuel is among more than 200 underclassmen currently declared for the NBA draft. The Lansing native, who starred at Division III Olivet College this winter, filed as a candidate earlier this month with the NBA and can retain his final year of college eligibility if he withdraws from the draft by May 29.
UNM and Vance Jackson last month filled out the paperwork Jackson was required to submit to the NBA by 11:59 ET on Sunday (8:59 PT where Jackson has been living and training). But, when the league’s list was distributed to media and NBA teams informing them which players can now be involved in workouts, Jackson’s was missing. It’s not clear why, and Jackson has not said anything publicly himself. UNM is only saying it will continue to support Jackson through the process.
On Tuesday evening, the NBA announced the list of early entrants into the 2019 NBA Draft with six LSU Tigers testing out their professional options. On the list was junior guard Marlon Taylor, who told Geaux247 on Wednesday that he was exploring his professional opportunities while entering his name in the NBA Draft.
Georgia Tech center James Banks has withdrawn from the NBA draft. Banks, who announced Monday that he was applying to be eligible for the draft, withdrew Tuesday, according to a team spokesman.
Even though the Washington sophomore has until the NCAA’s deadline of May 29 to decide if he’s going to remain in the draft or return to school, Jaylen Nowell has essentially closed the door on the Huskies. “I’m really all in at this point,” he said. “I never go into anything half heartedly. That’s just how I’ve been as a person. When I said I was going to enter the draft, that’s what I meant and that was final.”
Creighton juniors Martin Krampelj and Davion Mintz were both included on the NBA draft’s early entry list, which was released Tuesday by the NBA communications office.
SFA could soon be saying goodbye to another basketball player that has been a key player for the squad. Junior Kevon Harris has decided to declare for the 2019 NBA draft.
When Cameron Lard announced in March that he was leaving the Iowa State men's basketball program, there was still one giant question left to be answered: What's next for the big man? Lard announced Monday that he is hiring an agent and intends to enter the NBA draft. Lard made the announcement via social media, writing that he came to the decision after consulting with his mom, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm and his staff.
Brandon Shrider: BGSU guard Justin Turner has declared for the NBA draft; will maintain his college eligibility. Statement from Michael Huger: "We fully support Justin Turner's decision to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. This process will allow Justin to learn more about future opportunities."
Gary Parrish: Virginia will now be losing three starters from its national championship team. Kyle Guy is entering (and will remain in) the NBA Draft.
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga freshman forward Filip Petrusev submitted his name for the NBA Draft, GU spokesperson confirmed. Sounds like Petrusev wants to go through the process, but is planning on returning for sophomore season.
Nico Carvacho is going to dip his toes into the the NBA draft process, but it doesn't mean he won't be a Ram next season. The Colorado State University men's basketball center tweeted Monday that he has decided to enter his name into the 2019 NBA draft.
Zach Klein: Georgia Tech's James Banks is entering the NBA draft. Banks led that ACC is blocked shots and averaged 10.5 PPG & 7.7 REB Going through the evaluation process and has until June 10 to withdraw his name
Alex Halsted: Cameron Lard is entering the NBA Draft. It sounded like pursuing professional opportunities was the plan from the time he left the Iowa State program back in March.
West Virginia University men's basketball forward Sagaba Konate has submitted his name for the 2019 NBA Draft. Konate plans to sign with an agent.
Jon Rothstein: Ben Howland told reporters that Lamar Peters will not return to Mississippi State next season after entering the NBA Draft. Also stated that he expects Nick Weatherspoon to be the Bulldogs' starting PG in 19-20.
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie will test the NBA waters. The school said Sunday that Tillie will submit his name for the NBA draft, but the junior could return to school.
Arturs Kalnitis: 1998 born future star of Spanish basketball, Aleix Font, has declared for the upcoming 2019 NBA draft!
Siena freshman point guard Jalen Pickett is declaring for the NBA draft, Saints head coach Carmen Maciariello confirmed today.
Jeff Goodman: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards has signed with Zach Kurtin of Priority Sports, source told @Stadium. Edwards has full intention of keeping his name in for NBA Draft.
Kellis Robinett: K-State junior Xavier Sneed has officially declared for the NBA Draft, according to a team spokesman. He likely will return to college as a senior, but he first wants to test the pro waters and experience workouts the same way Barry Brown did a year ago.
As reported by Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Cameroonian wing Paul Eboua has entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Glenville State junior Phil Bledsoe has declared for the NBA Draft, and signed an agent. He averaged 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in his first season with the Pioneers.
Missouri State forward Tulio Da Silva announced Friday he will declare for the NBA Draft, however he will maintain his college eligibility by not hiring an agent.
The 20-year-old Brazilian point guard Yago Mateus declared for the next NBA draft.
Alexander Raskovic: .@Zoran Paunovic has entered 2019 NBA DRAFT. @kkcrvenazvezda @Wasserman #TeamWass
Auburn sophomore forward Chuma Okeke has entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, he announced on his Instagram on Saturday afternoon. ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported the news earlier in the day.
Gonzaga redshirt sophomore Zach Norvell Jr. will submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft, he announced Saturday.
North Carolina State commit Jalen Lecque has declared for the 2019 NBA draft. In a video posted to his Twitter page on Saturday, Lecque thanked his family and school before announcing his decision to forgo playing time at the college level.
French wing Digue Diawara has officially declared for 2019 NBA Draft, as his agent revealed to Jonathan Givony of ESPN. In this season, Diawara is averaging 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game with Pau-Orthez.
Ryerson Rams centre Tanor Ngom has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Brad Stephens: Western Kentucky announces that center Charles Bassey will enter the NBA Draft but will not sign with an agent. Bassey will receive evaluation while retaining his eligibility and has the option to return as a sophomore.
Lithuanian wing Tadas Sedekerskis has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Sigma Sports: OFFICIAL: Estonian guard Henri Drell of @brosebamberg has entered his name in the Nba Draft 2019. #SigmaSportsFamily #DreamBIG
Kentucky men's basketball freshman forward EJ Montgomery announced Friday that he plans to submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft. Under new NCAA rules, Montgomery can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still return to school.
Russian 18-year-old wing Nikita Mikhailovskii has declared for the NBA Draft, his agent Arturs Kalnitis told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Mikhailovskii has played 38 games with Avtodor Saratov in the FIBA Europe Cup and VTB League, averaging 6.3 points and 2.5 rebounds over 15.5 minutes per game while shooting 44% for three.
Virginia junior power forward Mamadi Diakite announced Wednesday that he is declaring for the NBA draft, becoming the fourth member of the NCAA championship team to pursue a professional career. The 6-foot-9 Diakite initially made his announcement on his Instagram page. He is keeping his options open per a possible return to school. "I would like to announce my intentions to declare for the NBA Draft," Diakite said in a school news release. "This process will allow me to test the waters, get valuable feedback and participate in the pre-draft process. Regardless, I know that UVA will always hold a special place in my heart."
After hitting one of the biggest shots in Virginia basketball history, forward Mamadi Diakite is ready to see if he is ready for the next level. The junior declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday on his Instagram page.
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga junior forward Brandon Clarke declares for the NBA Draft. Frontcourt teammate Rui Hachimura declared Monday.
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Bryn Forbes to decline option with Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks guard Bryn Forbes is declining his player option for the 2021-22 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Forbes played a significant role off the bench as the Bucks delivered the franchise’s first NBA championship in 50 years. He had his most efficient NBA season in several offensive categories, including 3-point percentage and true shooting percentage. Forbes, 28, was fourth in the NBA in 3-point shooting (45.2%) — and third best among players with 200-plus attempts. Forbes averaged 12.2 points on 48% 3-point shooting in February when starting guard Jrue Holiday was sidelined.
Davis suffered a knee sprain in Game 3 but played through the pain in Game 4; however, he took a hard fall in Game 4 and suffered a groin strain. From that moment on, the balance of the firepower tilted towards Phoenix, who ensued to blow out the Lakers in the final games of the series. Though it’ll never be known how things would’ve transpired with a healthy Davis, Metta World Peace believes the Lakers would’ve advanced when discussing his thoughts on the Bucks-Suns matchup and Giannis Antetokounmpo being a great player, via Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com: “Now imagine, Giannis, one of the greatest players in the league, doesn’t really have to go up against the greatest team, then you would say Giannis was going to win. Because the Lakers got hurt. The Lakers were going to beat Phoenix before Anthony Davis got hurt.”
The Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of hiring Igor Kokoskov to join Jason Kidd’s coaching staff, sources confirmed to ESPN. Kokoskov, whose two decades of NBA experience includes a one-season stint as the Phoenix Suns’ head coach, has a strong relationship with Mavs superstar Luka Doncic stemming from his time coaching the Slovenian national team. Kokoskov coached Slovenia for two years, culminating with the EuroBasket 2017 title, when Doncic and Goran Dragic led the nation to its first championship in that event.
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Ahead of the 2021 NBA draft, projected top overall pick Cade Cunningham has signed a multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Nike. After a COVID-19-impacted market found a majority of last season’s rookies playing out the 2020-21 season without a sneaker deal, brands are now returning to aggressively sign top players heading into this week’s draft. Nike had its eyes set on Cunningham, who starred at Nike-sponsored Oklahoma State University and has long had an affinity for the brand. “More than anything, they show that athletes are more than just athletes,” Cunningham told ESPN. “They really put the right message out for people to see. That was important to me. … I felt like it was a perfect match for me.”