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After two years at the University of Kentucky, Immanuel Quickley has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft and signed with Roc Nation. The 6’3” guard averaged 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Wildcats last season. He evolved as one of the nation’s top scoring threats being named SEC Player of the Year and All-SEC First Team.
Jon Rothstein: Nevada's Jalen Harris is staying in the 2020 NBA Draft, per his father. Significant Mountain West news.
Jon Rothstein: Rhode Island's Fatts Russell tells me that he is withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to school next season. Huge news for David Cox and the Rams. Russell is a potential All-American in 20-21.
Jeff Goodman: Richmond’s Jacob Gilyard told me that he will withdraw from the NBA Draft. Gilyard averaged 12.7 points and 5.7 assists and is an elite defender.
When Michigan forward Isaiah Livers declared for the NBA Draft in late March, he said he was entering the pre-draft process as an “open book.” Nearly two months later, Livers isn’t any closer to deciding if his next chapter will include leaving Michigan early or returning to Ann Arbor for his senior season.
Liz Mullen: University of Houston G Nathaniel Hinton has signed with @tallentagency for representation in the NBA Draft. NBA Agent Tallen Todorovich is repping him.
Mark Berman: Former @UHCougarMBK guard Nate Hinton on signing with an agent and turning pro: “I’m at peace with it. I prayed long and hard about it. Through the guidance of the people around me I decided to just make that step and turn professional.”
Jordan Allen announced earlier this week on social media that he’s bypassing his senior season at Lynn University to declare for the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard spent last winter at the NCAA Division II Florida school after playing his first two seasons at Division I Rider. Allen is serious about the move, too. The 22-year-old has signed with an agent and has been working out with other prospects in Houston so there’s no going back to school.
Jeff Goodman: Utah sophomore guard Both Gach, who declared for the NBA Draft, told me he will transfer if he removes his name. Sophomore guard averaged 10.7 points this past season.
The new reality we are all living has made the draft process considerably different than in past years. Since face-to-face meetings can’t happen right now, Tillman has been meeting with NBA teams through Zoom meetings. “I’ve had two so far with Utah and Detroit. It’s all about these Zoom interviews and how well you perform in those. Answering the questions honestly is the biggest key for those teams because they know everything about you,” Tillman said. Being born and raised in Michigan, Tillman says the Pistons are a team that is on his list.
The NBA is his future, and he took a step toward that dream by declaring as an early entrant for this year’s draft last month. “Definitely the outlook would be me leaning toward going pro because that’s what I’m working toward,” Ayo Dosunmu said. “That’s my goal at the end of the day, to play in the NBA and work as hard as I can to be picked as high as possible. Of course, I didn’t sign with an agent because there’s so many uncertainties, but if everything goes the right way and everything gets back on track, of course I’ll be staying in the draft and working out to be the best player I can be.”
The lottery and combine — both originally scheduled for this month — have been postponed. That’s left the door at least cracked open for Dosunmu to return to Illinois for a third season. “There’s always a possibility,” he said. “That’s why I haven’t signed with an agent yet. There’s so much uncertainty I don’t know and we don’t know. It would be foolish for me to say I’m signing with an agent without knowing what could happen tomorrow or what could happen next week.”
Where things are moving more quickly, John Petty said in a telephone interview, are in his contacts with other teams. “I’ve done 12 Zoom interviews already,” Petty said. “I don’t want to say any specific teams but I’ve gotten some great feedback. They have been impressed. We’ve talked about my elbow (a hyperextending which knocked him out of two games late late season.) It has perfectly healed, no problem. My process now is to keep working out, be patient, talk to scouts and hopefully get a great answer from them (about a potential draft position.) If that happens, I’m probably going to stay in. ... I will have a decision but I’m going to be patient.”
Jeff Goodman: Temple junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis told @Stadium he will sign with an agent and will turn pro. Averaged 10.9 points, 8.5 boards and 3.1 assists this past season for the Owls.
Jeff Goodman: Cal State Northridge sophomore forward Lamine Diane has signed with Richie Felder of CAA, which means he will forgo his final season years in college. Averaged 25.6 points and 10.2 boards this past season.
Jeff Goodman: Western Carolina’s Mason Faulkner told @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school. Averaged 17.7 points, 6.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game this past season.
Sam Vecenie: Other news there is Mac McClung pulled out of the NBA Draft. Smart move in my opinion. Has some interesting qualities with the athleticism and creativity, but really needs to take strides as a shooter and defender to make it at the next level.
Former Kentucky forward Kahlil Whitney has signed with Versus Management Team, he announced Tuesday. Whitney left the program in late January after averaging just 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.
Jeff Goodman: Stony Brook transfer Elijah Olaniyi (18 ppg) told @Stadium that he will withdraw from the NBA Draft process and focus on transferring. Sit one, play one. Has heard from Minnesota, Nevada, DePaul, Arkansas, Xavier and Miami thus far.

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Evan Daniels: Washington forward Jaden McDaniels is bypassing his remaining college eligibility and signing with Nima Namakian of BDA Sports for his professional representation, a source tells @247Sports. Averaged 13 PPG and 5.8 RPG this past season.
“I’ll be officially in the draft,” Isaac Okoro said. “I haven’t posted it on social media, but I feel like it will be the best move for me. It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to have a chance to make it to the NBA. It feels so surreal right now, but I also know once draft day comes, I’m just gonna be ready for the moment.”
Okoro has already signed with Young Money APAA Sports and Lifestyle Sports Agency, and though NCAA rules give him until June 3 to withdraw his name from the draft and retain his college eligibility, Okoro said his mind is already made up.
A month after making a decision about his immediate future, freshman guard Jordyn Adams has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Austin Peay for the 2020-21 season, according to the university's athletics department.
It’s only a matter of time now until it becomes a reality for the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony. Friday afternoon, the Upper West Side native decided he would not return to North Carolina for his sophomore year, telling The Post he was going pro and signing with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management.
“It’s really one of the best feelings you can have, knowing all your hard work is coming together to live your dream,” Anthony said in an exclusive phone interview. “It’s still a ways away, not knowing when the draft is going to be, but an opportunity to pretty much call myself a pro soon is surreal. It’s really one of the best feelings ever.”
Jeff Goodman: Jared Butler (Baylor), Ryan Daly (St. Joe’s) and Tyrell Terry (Stanford) have all signed with Mike Naiditch of Beyond Athlete Management, per source. Naiditch is one of the 23 NCAA-certified agents, which means that they are all able to return to school if they want.
Junior forward Romello White was one of three Arizona State basketball players to declare for the draft, but a message on social media indicated that he hadn't closed the door on his college career. If he does return to college basketball, it won't be to Tempe. The Atlanta native plans to enter the transfer portal. He will be the fifth Sun Devil to do so.
All-SEC guard Saben Lee will forgo his senior season at Vanderbilt and stay in the 2020 NBA Draft. He has signed with Wasserman Media Group, according to the company’s Twitter account.
UCLA redshirt sophomore forward Jalen Hill has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration and plans to remain a Bruin next season, significantly enhancing his team’s frontcourt depth.
Shams Charania: Sources: Potential top pick LaMelo Ball has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Ball was under “professional” category of early-entry candidates distributed to teams Tuesday night. Virtual pre-draft process can now begin with teams.
Eurohopes: Senegalese guard Brancou Badio 'Papi' ('99) from FC Barcelona has entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft, sources told Eurohopes. Papi signed last summer from a regional league in Spain and had an outbreaking first pro season with Barcelona second team, averaging 13.4 ppg.
Aaron Henry has entered his name into the 2020 NBA Draft, according to ESPN. He did so on Sunday, the last day for players to declare for this year’s draft. Henry will “maintain his eligibility while testing the waters,” according to the report.
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express passes along several international prospects who will declare for the 2020 draft. Miguel Gonzalez (Baskonia), Sander Raieste (BC Kalev), Osas Ehigiator (Fuenlabrada), Njegos Sikiras (Fuenlabrada) have all entered their names.
Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson put his name into the pool as an early entrant into the 2020 NBA Draft, sources confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive. The 6-foot-5 Thompson, who has one year of eligibility remaining, entered his name into the draft by Sunday’s deadline. He has not hired an agent.
LSU guard Javonte Smart announced via instagram that he is declaring for the NBA draft, but retaining the option to return for his junior season.
Nebraska transfer Cam Mack has withdrawn his name from the upcoming NBA draft, he announced Monday. Mack announced he was testing the NBA draft process earlier in April but has changed his mind, noting the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic as one reason.
For the second time in his career, Nojel Eastern is putting his name into the NBA Draft, the Journal & Courier has learned. The deadline to enter the draft was 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The Purdue senior-to-be can remove his name before midnight on June 3 and return to school.
Donatas Urbonas: 19-year old PG Rokas Jokubaitis declared for the NBA Draft, according to sources. Very intelligent and skilled 1.93m PG, had some big Euroleague games this year with Zalgiris Kaunas (11pt 4ast vs ALBA & 7pt 6ast vs Olympiacos). Jokubaitis had 7pt 6ast NT debut vs Czech Republic.
Donatas Urbonas: 19-year old PG Rokas Jokubaitis declared for the NBA Draft, according to sources. Very intelligent and skilled 1.93m PG, had some big Euroleague games this year with Zalgiris Kaunas (11pt 4ast vs ALBA & 7pt 6ast vs Olympiacos). Jokubaitis had 7pt 6ast NT debut vs Czech Republic.
South Carolina leading scorer A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin confirmed Sunday that Lawson would not hire an agent, meaning he could return to the team for his junior season.
TCU center Kevin Samuel is returning for his junior season. Samuel was evaluated by the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UAC) and decided not to test the NBA Draft waters.
Matt Babcock: Sources: Landers Nolley II has had a change of heart and will not be entering his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. He intends to honor his commitment and enroll at the University of Memphis.
Oscar Tshiebwe announced in a social media post that he is returning to Morgantown for his sophomore season. The forward submitted paperwork for an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee earlier this month, opening up the possibility of entering the NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Florida’s Tre Mann has declared for the NBA Draft, an NBA source told @stadium. Averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game this past season.
Jeff Goodman: Deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is tonight at 11:59 pm ET. June 3: NCAA deadline to withdraw from the draft. Underclassmen can sign with an NCAA-certified agent (there are about 25 of them) and still withdraw from the NBA Draft while maintaining their eligibility.
Filip Petrusev has become the third Gonzaga Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent. Petrusev made it official on Sunday, the deadline for players to submit their names. He joins wing Corey Kispert and guard Joel Ayayi on the early-entry list.
Gonzaga sophomore Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA draft on Saturday but said he will not hire an agent. The 6-foot-5 guard from France said his top option remains returning for his junior season.
Matt Babcock: Landers Nolley II has entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. He will test the waters without signing with an agent, sources told @Matt Babcock. pic.twitter.com/OlpAQGwg5U
Raúl Barrigón: Guard Caio Pacheco will enter the NBA draft, his agent Alex Saratsis of Octagon told HoopsHype. The 21-year-old Brazilian plays in Argentina for Bahía Blanca Basket.
Makur Maker -- a 6-foot-11 Kenyan-born Australian living in the United States -- is entering the 2020 NBA draft, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Agile at nearly 7-foot, Maker has caught the attention of NBA teams with his ability to handle the ball in the open court and create shots for himself. The NBA agreed to allow Maker, 19, to be eligible for the 2020 draft class after he had been only two credits short of graduating with his original 2019 high school class in California.
Memphis freshman forward Precious Achiuwa will declare for the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-8 freshman is the projected No. 8 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com. “I’ve decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft and hire an agent,” Achiuwa told ESPN.com. “This is the next step in my journey and career as a basketball player. I’m really excited for it.”
Partizan Belgrade forward Uros Trifunovic has entered the 2020 NBA Draft, a source told Sportando.
Olympiacos forward Aleksej Pokusevski has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, the player announced on Twitter.
Achiuwa emerged as the Tigers' leader after the abrupt departure of James Wiseman. The 6-foot-9 freshman averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 boards, and 1.9 blocks en route to earning ACC Player of the Year honors. He's an active defender with the length to contest shots from the perimeter and interior. However, Achiuwa experienced issues taking care of the ball in 2019-20, committing the fourth-most turnovers in the AAC.
David Hein: Have been told that Arnas Velička, Lithuanian 1999-born PG, has declared for the 2020 @NBA Draft. Will never forget this buzzer-beater at #FIBAU18Europe but he's done quite a bit so far in his career ... dare I say under the radar ... more to come
Mississippi State center Abdul Ado has entered the National Basketball Association Draft, the Starkville Daily News confirmed Thursday. However Ado isn’t signing with an agent so he’ll maintain his college eligibility and a source indicated Ado will most likely still be a Bulldog for what would be his senior season in 2020-21.
Last week, Obe Noel decided to test the waters of the 2020 NBA draft, entering his name in the draft while retaining his college eligibility.
19-year-old Estonian national basketball team wing Henri Drell has made himself eligible for the 2020 NBA draft.
Karim Mane has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but will keep his college eligibility, Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports. According to Mane, "I am not planning on hiring an agent right now. I want to hear directly from teams. If I can get a guarantee I'll be drafted, I will probably need to think about staying in."
Crimson Tide point guard Kira Lewis officially declared his intention to enter the NBA draft on Tuesday, ending his career in Tuscaloosa after two seasons.
Crimson Tide point guard Kira Lewis officially declared his intention to enter the NBA draft on Tuesday, ending his career in Tuscaloosa after two seasons.
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Walter Tavares on NBA comeback: 'I'm very comfortable at Real Madrid'

Was there a point where you thought about a possible return to the NBA? Have you had offers or contacts with any franchise? Walter Tavares: No, no. I always try to focus where I’m at. Now I’m very comfortable at Real Madrid. I’m developing a lot as a player, enjoying basketball. Whatever comes, it will come later, but now I am focused on helping Real Madrid to the best of my abilities.
How is it possible that the most decisive center on the continent only played 13 games in the NBA? Walter Tavares: I think it was the lack of opportunity. I was practicing and sweating, trying to prove that I could play and have a place there. I haven’t been as lucky as Rudy Gobert, who ended up in the Utah Jazz that trusted him from the beginning. I was unlucky enough to get into a bad team. I was in Atlanta that didn’t compete for the playoffs, and the coach didn’t trust me that much either. It’s not just a question of timing or the time period. I just didn’t have a chance.
Did you feel uncomfortable being there? Walter Tavares: Yes, I did. All the players want to practice, and then look forward to playing. You’re not there to practice all the time and never play. So, you end up getting frustrated and not liking basketball so much because you feel like you can’t take that step further to be able to play, or prove that you can be in this league.
In recent years, the club seems to prefer players who have tried to play in the NBA to those who are eager to leave. By the way, was there something that Luka Doncic wanted to know and asked you before he left? Walter Tavares: Well, he wasn’t asking much. Luka was too calm. I always said that he was born to play basketball. He didn’t need anyone to teach him what to do. He has an incredible talent. I just told him that in the NBA, things are going to be very easy for him with the court vision and the height he has playing as a point guard. Luka has a similar style as LeBron James, who is physically superior than him. But in terms of how they both control and dominate the game, they’re very identical.
Scoot Henderson is the rare American teenager who is not heavily into social media. So when 7-foot-3 basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama boasted Monday that Henderson would be selected No. 1 in the 2023 NBA draft if Wembanyama hadn’t been born, the G League Ignite star missed it for hours. Henderson’s teammates, however, showed him the quote while attending a reception that also included Wembanyama and his Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 team on Monday night, sources at the event said.
Mere moments after Henderson saw the quote, he was scheduled to swap autographed team jerseys with Wembanyama in a ceremony in front of players and coaches from the G League Ignite, Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and G League officials. The uber-competitive Henderson was stone-faced, gave a quick smile for the cameras, swapped jerseys, and didn’t shake hands with Wembanyama before departing on the eve of their highly anticipated televised showdown, sources said. “I don’t listen to that. I don’t pay no mind to that,” Henderson told Andscape of Wembanyama’s quote before Tuesday’s exhibition game. “You can talk all you want. That’s it. No added fuel. I’ve had the same fuel. I was going to come out and kill regardless.”
“We know Victor is going to be top pick as he possesses generational talent and skill,” one NBA general manager told Andscape. “He moves like a small forward. Many teams will be positioning themselves all season to have a shot at drafting him. But Scoot is a very talented player who is more score-first point guard at this stage. “I really like his competitive spirit and he appears to be coachable, which is important for that position. He seems to embrace big moments and challenge. Very good athleticism and strength for a young player. I would like to see him improve his one-on-one defensive focus, given his physical tools.”
How will being part of the Ignite help you off the court when you enter the NBA? Scoot Henderson: I don’t know too much about how guys are off the court stepping into their rookie year coming from college. I feel like the Ignite program is perfect for me to get ready for that. I may be alone, have my family away, shopping on my own. Things like that. It forced me to grow up. It’s easier for me this year. I am not going to say it’s always easy having my family away, since I grew up with family. But it’s getting easier. I am cooking. I can cook a good turkey burger. But they got Uber Eats here and they give us meals.