Liz Mullen: NBA: There are now 72 players from educational institutions & 36 international prospects that are considered early entry candidates for the 2020 NBA Draft. 92 collegiate players & 7 international players who had previously declared have withdrawn their names from consideration. pic.twitter.com/zgGz6HDAg7
The Pac-12 Conference’s most improved player could become its most valuable. Chris Smith is returning to UCLA for his senior season, putting off the NBA for one more chance to continue his dramatic upward college trajectory. Sean Smith, Chris’ father, made the announcement Monday. “Chris is returning to school due to too much uncertainty on both sides of the coin,” said Sean Smith, alluding to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the cancellation of workouts for NBA prospects and a delayed draft. “He’ll finish his degree and work to improve in the areas he needs to improve on.”
Sean Farnham: 2nd thoughts are over...Yves Pons @Airpons will return to @Vol_Hoops for his senior season, according to his NCAA certified representation.
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Bulldogs for his senior season, putting them in contention to be the preseason No. 1 team in the country. Kispert was a potential second-round pick, ranking No. 47 overall and No. 6 among small forwards in ESPN's NBA draft rankings. But he, like teammate Joel Ayayi last week, is heading back to Spokane, Washington, to compete for a national championship.
Adam Zagoria: Makur Maker is withdrawing from the NBA Draft, per his guardian Ed Smith. He committed to Howard earlier this summer.
Jeff Goodman: Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman has decided to remain in the NBA Draft and forgo his remaining eligibility, he announces. Huge hit to the Spartans, but a logical decision by Tillman — who is a father and could be a first-round pick.
Jeff Goodman: BREAKING: Iowa star Luka Garza tells @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season. Clear National Player of the Year frontrunner.
Jeff Goodman: NBA Draft Tracker: Still 27 players left that haven’t made a decision yet whether to withdraw or forgo their college eligibility prior to Monday’s NCAA deadline: watchstadium.com/stadiums-2020-…
Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu announced Friday he is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning to the Fighting Illini for his junior season. "Since a kid, I've been working, my dream is to play in the NBA. But first, I need that national championship," Dosunmu said in a video posted to Twitter. "Year 3."
Still, if the shot comes along, there is reason to believe in him as a potential first round pick in 2021. Dosunmu averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists, but more than that, he was the closer for an Illinois team that looked poised to potentially make a deep NCAA Tournament run. He hit more big shots this season to either win games or ice them than any player in the country. In the last five minutes, you knew he was getting the ball, and he just methodically got to his spot in the middle of the floor — particularly around the right elbow — and hit shot after shot. He’s a blur in transition, where his natural athletic gifts play up. Defensively, he plays hard and takes on tough assignments at both guard spots. Sources around basketball are also quick to note that Dosunmu is known to have a terrific work ethic and motor. He’s constantly in the gym, and has a real positive competitiveness to the way he approaches the game. He’s the kind of kid that teams are easily going to be able to sell themselves on once he fixes those skill-based issues.
Forward Matt Mitchell will return to San Diego State for his senior season after exploring his chances in the NBA draft. Mitchell didn't hire an agent, so he retained his college eligibility. He was named first-team All-Mountain West last season, when SDSU went 30-2, won the MWC regular-season title and would have been a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I get the impression that I’m a bit higher on Mitchell than many. I was pretty surprised that he was not one of the top 105 vote getters for the NBA Draft Combine, according to NBA sources who received the list. But I absolutely think there is reason to be interested in his potential as a role-playing, two-way wing long-term. Mitchell used to have issues with his weight that held back his overall athleticism.
Ultimately, Elleby looks like an interesting two-way contract candidate this year that has an outside shot to get drafted if he was to accept a two-way as a condition of being picked. The upside would be that of a shot-making wing, but he’d need to show a bit more as an on-ball defender in order to make a real NBA impact. Plus, he’d need to get even better as a shooter than what his current level is now. A source told The Athletic that he had some concern about the forthcoming college basketball season and its format, and decided that now was the time to turn pro.
Dexter Dennis announced Tuesday that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 2020 NBA Draft and he will return for his junior season at Wichita State.
University of South Carolina guard AJ Lawson announced on Wednesday that he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Carolina, where he enters his junior season in the Garnet and Black. Lawson averaged a team-high 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.
Manny Camper forgoes NBA draft, returning to Siena. He had until Monday to remove his name from draft consideration and retain his NCAA eligibility. Camper, a 6-7 guard/forward, pointed out he still spoke with representatives from the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets.
MaCio Teague announced on Twitter that he will withdraw his name from NBA Draft consideration and will return for his senior season at Baylor.
Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon Jr. withdrew from the NBA draft Friday and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season. Pinson started 31 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 11.1 points while shooting 40 percent from the field. Smith will be a fifth-year senior after the 6-foot-10 senior average 5.1 points and 4.9 rebounds. Tilmon also will be a senior has has averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 boards over 81 games in his career.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Bryant's Benson Lin has decided to forego his remaining eligibility and play professionally in China. First ever One-and-Done in NEC history. Averaged 8.6 PPG last season.
Missouri’s men’s basketball team got stronger Friday without adding a player. The program announced that Tigers guard Xavier Pinson and front-liners Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon have started the process of withdrawing from the NBA Draft and plan to return to Mizzou next season.
Jeff Goodman: Cincinnati’s Chris Vogt has withdrawn from the NBA Draft process and will return to school.
Jeff Goodman: UNCG star guard Isaiah Miller has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to school, source told @Stadium. Wes Miller and UNCG should be one of the top mid-majors in the country.
Arizona State senior guard Alonzo Verge Jr. is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school for his final season, according to the program.
University of Michigan men's basketball guard/forward Isaiah Livers announced Friday (July 17) that he will return for his senior season and remove his name from the 2020 NBA Draft.
Canadian five-star recruit Karim Mane has elected to sign with an agent and keep his name in the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Thursday. Despite only recently graduating high school, Mane, a guard, is eligible for the draft as an international player who satisfies the NBA's age requirement, having turned 19 in May of 2019.
Utah forward Timmy Allen announced that he has pulled his name from the pool of players eligible to be selected in the 2020 NBA Draft and is running to the Runnin’ Utes for his junior season.
Youngstown State University point guard Darius Quisenberry announced on Twitter that he has withdrawn his name from the 2020 NBA draft, and will return for his junior season with the Penguins.
Jeff Goodman: Boise State announces that Derrick Alston Jr., will withdraw from the NBA Draft and will return to school. Broncos could be the best team in the Mountain West next season.
Jon Rothstein: UCF's Collin Smith tells me that he is withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to school next season. Significant American Conference News.
SMU forward Isiaha Mike will remain in the NBA draft, a source with knowledge of Mike’s thinking told The Dallas Morning News. Mike had one year of eligibility remaining at SMU.
Over two months after initially declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft, point guard Tre Mann has decided to return the Florida Gators for his sophomore season. Mann has withdrawn from the draft with his sights set on a second year at Florida under head coach Mike White, he announced Tuesday.
Jeff Borzello: Tennessee-Martin guard Parker Stewart is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school, he tells ESPN. Averaged 19.2 points and 3.8 assists.
DeJon Jarreau will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to the University of Houston for his senior season. Jarreau, a 6-5 guard, declared for the draft in mid-April but did not hire an agent, keeping his amateur status and allowing for a return to college.
Jeff Goodman: Fresno State freshman Niven Hart has decided to stay in the NBA draft and will turn pro, coach Justin Hutson told @Stadium.
Potential early-entry candidates for the 2020 NBA draft will have until Aug. 17 to declare that they are entering the draft, according to a memo obtained by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. The new deadline is pending the NBA finalizing an agreement with the players' union on system rule changes in the collective bargaining agreement related to the resumption of the 2019-20 season. The NBA's early-entry deadline had been April 26, in anticipation of a June 25 draft, but according to the CBA, players have the ability to make themselves draft eligible by petioning the league in writing "at least sixty (60) days prior." Pending approval from the National Basketball Players Association, that would shift the early-entry deadline to Aug. 17 given the draft has been postponed to Oct. 16.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: NBA Draft will be on October 16, with early entry deadline on August 17.
Frank Martin stands with A.J. Lawson in staying in the NBA Draft at this point in time. “There’s no need to rush. He’s had probably six or seven interviews with NBA teams, which is what they’re all doing right now,” Martin said. “As long as NBA teams are offering interviews, I don’t see any reason why he should try to make a decision sooner than he has to. If no NBA team was asking to meet with him, I would think he’d make a decision by now.”
Jon Rothstein: Sources: South Carolina's AJ Lawson is returning to school next season and will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft.
South Carolina’s A.J. Lawson is still in the NBA Draft, despite reports to the contrary. “He’s still in the draft,” Lawson’s father, Anthony, told ZAGSBLOG on Tuesday.
Tamenang Choh will return to Brown University for his senior season. Bears coach Mike Martin confirmed Tuesday that the standout forward will withdraw his name from the upcoming NBA Draft. Choh submitted his name in early April but retained his eligibility throughout the process.
South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin said he expected top scorer A.J. Lawson back on campus at the end of June. And a report from CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein made it appear the talented rising junior was fully headed back to USC and out of the NBA Draft. But on Tuesday morning, Lawson’s father told The State the report was “not accurate” and the family never spoke to anyone about his decision.
SMU forward Feron Hunt will return to the men’s basketball program for his junior season in 2020-2021, he told The Dallas Morning News on Monday afternoon. Hunt had returned to campus and had taken a COVID-19 test earlier on Monday. “Just the uncertainty, how things would be played out,” Hunt said when asked why he made this decision. "There’s a lot of things going on in the world right now, just pretty much mainly the uncertainty. We’re not able to get in front of teams and stuff. And I felt like that’s where I’d be better. Just to show more of my game instead of going off my college film. “... [Teams] said they want me to get a little stronger, work on my jump shooting. I got great feedback.”
Jeff Goodman: SMU forward Feron Hunt told @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his junior season.
Point guard Kam Langley, a rising senior from Southwest Guilford, has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft pool and plans to finish his college career with the Aggies.
Hasahn French's NBA dreams are on hold. French, a Middletown resident and Saint Louis 6-foot-7 forward, withdrew his name from the NBA draft Wednesday and will return for his senior season.
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.
Jeff Goodman: Buffalo’s Jayvon Graves will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, he told @Stadium.
Jeff Goodman: Alabama’s Herb Jones is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school, he told @Stadium.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Vermont's Stef Smith will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft and return to school next season. Averaged 14.2 PPG last year.
Jon Rothstein: Nicholls State's Andre Jones tells me that he has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft and will be returning to school next season. Averaged 11.9 PPG last year.
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.
Florida’s Tre Mann will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to campus for his sophomore season, sources said.
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.
Jon Rothstein: Richmond's Blake Francis tells me that he is withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to school next season. Significant Atlantic 10 News.
Charlie Clifford: Jordan Tucker is officially departing Hinkle. The #Butler forward announces he is staying in the 2020 #NBADraft @WISH_TV @ButlerMBB
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.
Jeff Goodman: Ohio State’s Kaleb and Andre Wesson have signed with Jelani Floyd of Beyond Athlete Management @beyond_am.
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.
Jon Rothstein: Source: Mississippi State's Abdul Ado will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft and return to school next season.
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.
Feron Hunt, a former player at DeSoto, said he plans to make his decision about whether to come back to SMU or to stay in the draft either this week or next week. He met virtually with an undisclosed NBA team late last week, which could possibly impact his decision.
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.
Jon Rothstein: Source: UCF's Darin Green Jr. has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to school next season. Averaged 10.1 PPG as a freshman.
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.
Michigan State junior Xavier Tillman has entered his name into the upcoming NBA draft. But he has not hired an agent, so he could still return to school. With less than a month to decide, the Grand Rapids Christian High School graduate says he is still at the 50/50 mark, which is where he was when he put his name in the draft.
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.
July 1, 2022 | 12:15 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed on a four-year, $224M super max extension, his agent Jessica Holtz of @CAA_Basketball tells ESPN. Deal begins with the 2024-25 season and delivers Towns’ total contract value to six years and $295M.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Booker and Towns’ representative, Jessica Holtz, is the first female player agent to secure a max contract — and did it with two super max deals on the same day. Booker and Towns’ representative, Jessica Holtz, is the first female player agent to secure a max contract — and did it with two super max deals on the same day.
As the first day of free agency nears a close, distance remains between the contract desires of Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II and the willingness from the Warriors to meet that number, sources told The Athletic. In particular, the odds that Payton departs the Warriors are rising rapidly, with the internal belief they are likely to lose him.
Facing a record tax bill multiplying each additional dollar spent by nearly seven, the Warriors entered free agency intent on avoiding any overpay that the market doesn’t demand. They want to bring both Looney and Payton back. Both players prefer a reunion with the defending champions, if the price is right. That’s where the current separation exists.