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John Rothstein: Saint Louis' Jordan Goodwin told me that he will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to school next season. Averaged 15.5 PPG, 10.4 RPG, and 3.1 APG last year.
Jon Rothstein: Saint Louis' Hasahn French tells me that he will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft and return to school next season. Averaged 12.4 PPG and 10.4 RPG last year. Significant Atlantic 10 news.
Clemson University men’s basketball star forward Aamir Simms has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return for the upcoming 2020-21 season, announced by both Head Coach Brad Brownell and Aamir Simms on Monday.
In an eventful day for Florida Gators basketball roster news, freshman point guard Tre Mann has countered a report that he would be withdrawing his name from the 2020 NBA Draft. Mann intends to remain in the draft pool at this time, he announced on Twitter on Saturday night.
The "unknowns" for current NBA prospects could result in another year of college basketball for Iowa star Luka Garza, the projected preseason national player of the year in 2020-21. Garza, who has entered the 2020 NBA draft while retaining his eligibility, told ESPN he'll make his decision about returning to school or turning pro based on the conversations and interviews he'll have with NBA executives in the coming weeks and months. He said the inability to meet with the NBA's power brokers for workouts -- if the current situation persists -- will play a role in his decision. "I think it all depends on what teams are telling me in these interviews and what they're seeing on film," said Garza, the Wooden Award runner-up after averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season. "I'm not leaving for an unknown or an uncertain.
Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school - just not in Gainesville. A team spokesman said Saturday that Nembhard plans to transfer and will have two years of college eligibility remaining. Stadium first reported Nembhard's intentions.
Twenty-four of the NBA’s 30 teams have contacted Cretin-Derham Hall for background checks on Daniel Oturu, the former Raiders star who is leaving the Gophers after his sophomore season to turn professional. The 6-10, 240-pound Oturu will be represented by Bill Duffy, who also will represent point guard Tre Jones from Apple Valley via Duke.
In a widely expected move, Ohio State senior-to-be guard CJ Walker officially announced on Saturday that he would be pulling his name out of the 2020 NBA draft and returning to Columbus for his final season.
Garza, who has entered the 2020 NBA draft while retaining his eligibility, told ESPN he'll make his decision about returning to school or turning pro based on the conversations and interviews he'll have with NBA executives in the coming weeks and months. He said the inability to meet with the NBA's power brokers for workouts -- if the current situation persists -- will play a role in his decision. "I think it all depends on what teams are telling me in these interviews and what they're seeing on film," said Garza, the Wooden Award runner-up after averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season. "I'm not leaving for an unknown or an uncertain.
“It’s the million dollar question,” said Corey Kispert, when asked what would keep him in the draft and what would bring him back to GU. “I need to hear something from a team that has all the package to have me let go of my senior year, and that’s worth a lot. From the people here, the program, the atmosphere, the games we’re playing, it’s worth a lot. Knowing that I can be secure in whatever an NBA team offers me is basically what you have to weigh. At the end of day if I don’t get that, that’s perfectly fine with me. I’d be thrilled to come back for my senior year.”
Kispert has been interviewed by roughly 15 teams. “You can only tell so much about a potential player through a Zoom interview,” he said. “In my case, it would be a really good thing to get in front of the right people and show them what I have face to face.”
With the deadline approaching for underclassmen to cement their status in the NBA Draft process, Clarksburg native Jarrod West has withdrawn his name from draft consideration. He will return to Marshall for his senior season this winter.
Key for Makur Maker is ensuring he is a first-round draft pick. If it appears teams will not draft him in the first round he will take up a college scholarship, build up his draft stock and take another shot at the NBA next year. Maker and his guardian Ed Smith are hoping the NBA allows face-to-face workouts with teams before next month's draft. "If Makur gets workouts with NBA teams he feels he will be a first-round pick," Smith said.
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.
Jeff Goodman: South Carolina’s AJ Lawson will declare for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, source told @Stadium.
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.
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Carmelo Anthony on playing for Lakers: I'm really going to enjoy it

Before we get you out of here, have to pepper you with a few Lakers questions. How are you going to look in purple and gold? Carmelo Anthony: [Laughs] That’s a good question. I think it’ll be fun. I’m really going to enjoy it. I sat and talked about the loyalty and learning the business of basketball so now being in this part of my life and my career it’s like I understand it. So I’m going into it with a different mindset and type of understanding with what’s at stake. What do we have to do, what do I have to do in order to make this work? I’m looking forward to it, to be honest with you.
For the naysayers, like me, who question how this Lakers roster will work over a long regular-season and into the playoffs, especially because you guys are historically old, why are we fools for doubting? Carmelo Anthony: To be honest, I think it’ll be too easy for you guys to be like, “Yeah, they’re going to be like this.” It’s too easy. You guys are baiting people to start a debate. It’s all about debate. We get it. We understand it. This is what you guys have to do. We understand that and we laugh at it and take it with a grain of salt and move on because everybody on the outside have their opinions about it and we’re the ones who know who we are. We know what we have to do. We know how we going to do it. Those are the things we have to deal with. So it’s easy for the outsiders or naysayers to give their overall perspective and it’s very opinionated. And ya’ll should do that. [Laughs] You should do that because it bring more viewers and bring more eyeballs and bring more conversation and more anticipation. If and when it does happen, winning a championship, that’s the fun part.
“We have to promote our sport culture, stop being afraid of being ambitious,” Fournier explained. “I want this to change and our team can do it. We are not afraid of anyone. My vision is to become as dominant as Spain has been in the last fifteen years. Tokyo is just our first final … I want to win Eurobasket 2022. This is not the time to stop. We have the opportunity to build a dynasty. “This team must grow every summer, relive the same emotions, reactivate what has made possible our success in Tokyo: putting aside the ego, fighting for each other, having this winning mentality. And starting over every year. It is an opportunity for our sport, but also something that can go beyond basketball, help sport in France. We can set an example for an entire generation.”