St. John's junior wing LJ Figueroa announced Saturday h…

St. John’s junior wing LJ Figueroa announced Saturday his intention to submit his name for consideration in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Lawrence, Mass., native will not hire an agent in order to preserve the option to return to Queens for his final season of eligibility after completing an evaluation process with league executives.

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Norfolk State’s leading scorer is looking to dip his toes into the pro waters. Jermaine Bishop announced he will place his name in the 2020 NBA Draft pool.
University of Rhode Island guard Fatts Russell will enter the 2020 NBA Draft. The junior will not hire an agent and is eligible to return for a final season in 2020-21.
McKinley Wright IV, who graduated from Champlin Park High School in 2017, announced Thursday that he's entering the draft process while keeping his eligibility. It means he can get a feel for where he might be selected if he stays in the draft, while giving him the option to back out and return to the University of Colorado.
University of Cincinnati guard Keith Williams said on Friday he plans to enter the 2020 NBA Draft, but is keeping his options open.
Arkansas guard Mason Jones has declared for the NBA draft. Jones made the announcement on social media Friday, and the University of Arkansas confirmed the decision with a congratulatory statement.
Cory Smith: Kevin Keatts says DJ Funderburk and Devon Daniels will go through the NBA Draft process. Says he is unsure what that will entail, but both plan to get feedback.
Junior forward Jordan Tucker is leaving Butler after two college basketball seasons. He posted Thursday on Twitter that he would enter the NBA draft process and made no indication he would reconsider or return to Butler.
Standout Dayton Flyers point guard Jalen Crutcher announced he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft, but intends on keeping his college eligibility, according to a post on his Twitter account.
Adrian Wojnarowski: IMG Academy forward Kenyon Martin Jr., has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, his father Kenyon Martin Sr., tells ESPN. Martin Jr., is eligible for draft, because he did the post-graduate year at IMG after graduating from Sierra Canyon H.S. in SoCal.
Likely first-rounder, Florida State guard Devin Vassell, enters NBA draft
After finishing his first season as a Tar Heel, Cole Anthony is understandably being asked about his future. In a personal statement, Anthony took to Instagram to give fans an answer. "A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to declare for the NBA Draft. Anyone who knows me understands that playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, but given the pain that America and the world are experiencing at this time, I am going to refrain from making any announcements around that topic.”
Cole Anthony: “Lliving in New York City, the Coronavirus hits hard. My family and I know many people directly affected by the Coronavirus-many hospitalized. A few in critical condition and one who has died. New York City is experiencing the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the United States. So my biggest concern right now is trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis. We are all in this together! Stay safe."
Jeff Goodman: SMU sophomore forward Ferron Hunt has declared for the NBA Draft and will test the process. Averaged 11 points and 6.7 rebounds this past season.
"They're both going to put their name into the draft," Oats said. "They're going to go through workouts whenever those are — and that's the thing, too. These early entrants with this year, I mean everything's up in the air. I talked to a few NBA scouts. They're talking like the NBA is gonna start back up with the regular season in July. There's just so much uncertainty."
Minnesota center Daniel Oturu said Monday he is declaring for the NBA draft after leading the Big Ten in rebounding and blocked shots as a sophomore. Oturu made the announcement with a letter to fans on Instagram, saying he planned to hire an agent.
Minnesota center Daniel Oturu said Monday he is declaring for the NBA draft after leading the Big Ten in rebounding and blocked shots as a sophomore. Oturu made the announcement with a letter to fans on Instagram, saying he planned to hire an agent.
University of Minnesota sophomore center Daniel Oturu plans to enter the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Monday. Oturu is considered a frontcourt prospect with the potential to be selected in the first round of the draft.
Minnesota sophomore Daniel Oturu is declaring for the NBA Draft with the intentions of staying in it, he tells 247Sports. “I decided to enter this year’s 2020 NBA Draft basically because I felt like this is the right time for me especially with how my season went,” Oturu explained. “Basically I felt like this is the best option to go for it.” “I’m putting all my eggs in the basket for sure,” the 6-foot-10, 240-pound post prospect added.
It is too early to tell if Cartier Diarra will return to Kansas State for his final season of college basketball, but one thing appears certain about his future: He will declare for the NBA Draft as an early entrant and test the pro waters this spring. “Yeah, I would anticipate that,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said in a phone interview. “I think, like Xavier (Sneed) did, he will put his name in. You have got to go through the process. I talked to him the other day. Like a lot of kids, that is something he definitely wants to look at.”
Jeff Goodman: Florida State sophomore Devin Vassell has declared for the NBA Draft. Averaged 12.7 points, has good size and can really shoot it (42 percent from 3 the last two seasons). Many NBA execs I have spoken to feel he is in the 10-20 range.
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For the first time in program history, Auburn basketball could have a one-and-done player. Freshman forward Isaac Okoro will declare for the NBA Draft and go through the pre-draft evaluation process, head coach Bruce Pearl announced Friday during a conference call with reporters.
After his sophomore season at Iowa State, Tyrese Haliburton is now projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. This, even after his season ended with a broken wrist before Coronavirus concerns even entered the picture. “You know I put in a lot of work to get here,” Haliburton said. “It doesn't necessarily come to a big surprise to me because of all the work I have put in throughout my life and this is what I have wanted to do my whole life.” But will he go pro? “I mean it is still a conversation with my family,” Haliburton.
Men’s basketball junior guard Jayvon Graves announced on Friday that he is planning to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, with the ability to return to college next year if he withdraws his name no later than 10 days after the scouting combine.
Seton Hall junior forward Sandro Mamukelashvili will declare for the NBA Draft and test the waters without hiring an agent, he told NJ Advance Media. He could return to campus for his senior season if he doesn't hire an agent.
Mamukelashvili is mentored by fellow Georgian Zaza Pachulia, a former NBA big man who now works for the Golden State Warriors. “I think he’s very capable,” Pachulia told NJ Advance Media earlier this season. “He fits today’s NBA style where he’s strong, he’s fast and he has an all-around game.”
Duke point guard Tre Jones is expected to declare for the NBA Draft, according to coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“We put in for the advisory committee,” Krzyzewski said. “You can send it in, and we will do that for a number of our guys so they can get a look. Obviously, Tre Jones we know is going to go, whenever he announces. The guys we get good feedback from are: Vernon Carey should get good feedback, hopefully Cassius Stanley, but we will see. I think you have to wait and see. Also, for those guys or any guy that is going to test, unless you’re a potential lottery pick or know that they were going to be in the first round, you have to wait a little bit, or you don’t have to but some kids will wait and just to see what the landscape will be in the NBA.”
“I think I should go number one, no doubt,” Edwards told 247Sports. “That’s the only place I think I should go.” Edwards signed this week with Octagon agent Omar Wilkes for his professional representation, per multiple sources. Wilkes has represented top 10 picks -- Trae Young and Cam Reddish -- in each of the past two NBA Drafts.
Corey Kispert, a key cog in the Bulldogs’ championship-caliber squad, is not committing to returning to Gonzaga for his senior year, indicating he will perform his due diligence on whether to make himself available for the NBA draft. “Nothing is set in stone, I’m going to keep all my options open,” Kispert said. “I’m going to work with my coaches and family to make the best decision for myself moving forward.”
Gophers sophomore center Daniel Oturu has started the process of seeking information about where he could be taken in this year's NBA draft. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said Wednesday on KFAN 100.3 radio that the Gophers sent in paperwork for Oturu to the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which provides feedback to prospects about their draft stock.
The name of 2001-born Aleksej Pokusevski appears more and more on the upcoming NBA draft previews. However, his coach in Olympiacos, Giorgos Bartzokas, believes that the young player will enter the draft and will leave Europe this summer. “I think that Aleksej Pokusevski will enter the draft, and I believe that he will be picked,” Bartzokas said about his player in a long live interview with Eurohoops.
The name of 2001-born Aleksej Pokusevski appears more and more on the upcoming NBA draft previews. However, his coach in Olympiacos, Giorgos Bartzokas, believes that the young player will enter the draft and will leave Europe this summer. “I think that Aleksej Pokusevski will enter the draft, and I believe that he will be picked,” Bartzokas said about his player in a long live interview with Eurohoops.
For his basketball future, Xavier Tillman admits he's not sure what his next move is going to be. While he'd love to come back for his senior season at MSU, he says leaving early for the NBA is still an option. If his time at Michigan State is over, he knows his college career wouldn't end of a high note. However, he says that does not affect his final decision. "It doesn't play a factor in it, I would say for me personally because I feel like I played well enough this year to see if I could test the waters to see if I could make it," Tillman said.
Kevin Willard said he had been hearing from NBA personnel about Myles Powell all season, but Powell’s immediate future remains in limbo. “I’m trying to take it day-by-day, I found myself doing some push-ups and sit-ups, I’m trying to run outside, it’s been nice the past couple of days,” Powell said. “I’m trying to do anything to keep my head up high. It’s kind of rough, you know?”
Yale’s All-Ivy League forward Jordan Bruner will be making himself available to be selected in the NBA Draft. “I felt like I was ready to show NBA people what I was capable of,” Bruner said. “I decided I was going to make a decision when the season ended and the season ended earlier that we thought and I made my decision.”
Suspended Nebraska Basketball player Cam Mack has decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. In a post on instagram, Mack said "Since I was a young kid in Texas, my dream was to play basketball at the highest level possible. Now my dream has become a reality."
SMU starting point guard Kendric Davis plans to enter his name in the NBA Draft after the season ends, according to a source close to the team. Davis has played one season at SMU, but has stood out as one of the best point guards in the conference. He is averaging 14.2 points per game, 6.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
A league source told Heavy.com that the agent Wiseman is expected to sign with is veteran Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, whose client list includes Blake Griffin, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Kevin Love, C.J. McCollum, Nikola Jokic and Andre Drummond.
Marc J. Spears: NBA says 47 international players who had declared as early entry draft candidates have withdrawn their names. Two collegiate players have also withdrawn. There are 86 collegiate and 12 international prospects that remain early entry candidates for 60 total selections.
Charles Bassey took his time to make an NBA draft decision, but for Western Kentucky fans, it was worth the wait. Bassey, the reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, is returning to WKU for his sophomore season, the school announced at 12:50 a.m. (Eastern time) Thursday morning.
Go ahead, Seton Hall fans. Dream of a monster season and a memorable March — Myles Powell is returning for his senior year. The Pirates now have the pieces for a throwback campaign in South Orange, reminiscent of the P.J. Carlesimo glory days. “Guess who’s back?” Powell tweeted, accompanied with a photo of himself in announcing the decision.
Jeff Goodman: Kerry Blackshear has gone back and forth numerous times, source told @stadium . Announced he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and will transfer.
Tony Jones: Yoeli Childs turned down a significant offer overseas to return to BYU, sources tell The Athletic. Childs is determined to make a run at the NBA
Jeff Goodman: Louisville’s Jordan Nwora announces he is returning to school. HUGE for the Cards.
Gary Parrish: Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear is withdrawing from the NBA Draft. He’ll be a grad-transfer. Kentucky is a possible landing spot. The 6-10 forward averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.
Jeff Goodman: Yoeli Childs changes his mind. Will return to BYU. Huge news for Mark Pope and the Cougars.
Jeff Goodman: Jaylen Fisher has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will go back to school, source told @stadium. He will transfer from TCU.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Rayjon Tucker is staying in the 2019 NBA Draft. Recently committed to Memphis as a grad transfer.
Evan Daniels: Kansas guard Quentin Grimes is withdrawing from the NBA Draft, a source tells @247Sports. Averaged 8.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG & 2.0 APG this past season.
Jeff Goodman: Oregon State assistant Stevie Thompson told @Stadium that Ethan Thompson will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school.
Jeff Goodman: UNCG’s James Dickey has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to school, source told @Stadium.
Jeff Goodman: Stanford’s KZ Okpala will stay in the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium.
Jeff Goodman: Minnesota’s Amir Coffey will remain in the NBA Draft, his agent told @Stadium.
Jim Meehan: As expected, Filip Petrusev withdrawing from draft, returning to Gonzaga for sophomore season
Davion Mintz has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will be returning to Creighton for his senior season.
Jeff Goodman: Brewster Academy’s Jalen Lecque will bypass college and remain in the NBA Draft. Will be interesting to see where he gets selected.
Jeff Goodman: Utah’s Donnie Tillman will return to school, source told @Stadium.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Kevin Samuel is returning to TCU next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kentucky F EJ Montgomery will pull out of the 2019 NBA Draft and return to school for his sophomore season, source tells ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: Auburn’s Jared Harper expected to remain in the NBA Draft, source told @stadium. Tough blow for the Tigers.
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Zach LaVine doesn't want to leave Chicago?

The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
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Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
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Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)
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