Hunter Dickinson is a sophomore who entered the NBA draft after his freshman season before deciding to stay at Michigan. He said at the time it would be his last college season, but that was clearly not set in stone. Asked after Thursday’s Sweet 16 loss if he’d thought about his future, Dickinson said he hadn’t. “Right now, the only thing I can think of is how I let my team down and how I failed them,” the 7-foot-1 center said, standing with a small group of reporters before he exited AT&T Center. “I just didn’t step up when they needed me.”
Iverson Molinar is testing the professional waters but leaving his options open for a return to Starkville. Molinar announced Friday afternoon he had declared for the 2022 NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, maintaining his collegiate eligibility. The junior from Panama City, Panama, could return to Mississippi State next season.
South Dakota State guard Baylor Scheierman announced Thursday via his Twitter account that he’s declaring himself eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft, while maintaining his college eligibility.
Murray State forward KJ Williams is declaring for the NBA Draft. The 6-10 junior from Cleveland, Mississippi made his announcement with the heading “Thank You Racer Nation” on Facebook.
Memphis freshman forward Josh Minott will test the NBA Draft, ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported Thursday. Minott will not sign with an agent, which gives him some wiggle room should he decide to play another season of college basketball. Minott told Givony he does not plan to return to Memphis.
Murray State star Tevin Brown, a Fairhope native, declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday. Brown thanked Murray State fans on social media and said he plans to hire an agent in preparation for the next phase of his career.
Tyrese Martin will forego his extra year of eligibility with the UConn men’s basketball team and enter the 2022 NBA Draft. Martin, who just completed his senior season at UConn, made the announcement Tuesday evening on Instagram.
Kansas State guard Nijel Pack has entered his name into the NBA Draft waters right on the heels of the Wildcats hiring Jerome Tang as head coach to replace Bruce Weber.
Lila Bromberg: In addition to entering the transfer portal, Trevon Brazile is considering exploring the NBA Draft, multiple sources told me. Returning to #Mizzou remains an option. More info on that and Javon Pickett entering the portal here: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-missouri/article259669715.html
One of Wyoming men’s basketball’s stars from this past season’s run to the NCAA Tournament is keeping his options open to return to Laramie next season. Fifth-year senior guard Hunter Maldonado announced on social media Tuesday morning that he would be testing the waters on the NBA Draft process while keeping his eligibility open for a sixth year with the Cowboys.
Louisiana Tech sophomore Kenneth Lofton Jr. announced Tuesday that he will be entering his name into the 2022 NBA Draft, a day after coach Eric Konkol departed for Tulsa. Lofton said he will maintain his college eligibility allowing him to return for the 2022-23 season.
Brad Winton: Nebraska guard Bryce McGowens, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, has signed with @RocNationSports for representation
Jabari Smith said he hadn't yet made up his mind if he'll enter the draft after a freshman season that saw him blossom into one of the country's most ferocious scorers. But his comments in the aftermath of No. 2-seeded Auburn's 79-61 loss to Miami in the second round of the NCAA tournament certainly sounded like an ending. "I feel like if I had to make a decision a thousand more times, I wouldn't choose nowhere else but Auburn," Smith said. "It was fun."
Bryce McGowens, the Huskers' standout freshman, is declaring for the 2022 NBA draft and will sign with an agent, the Nebraska basketball program announced Monday. McGowens, who averaged a team-high 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, earned All-Big Ten third-team honors and the Big Ten newcomer of the year award from The Associated Press.
Saint Joseph's sophomore Jordan Hall has signed with an agent and will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft.
Travis Branham: Fardaws Aimaq plans on entering the 2022 NBA Draft and will explore college options based on NBA feedback, he tells @247Sports. Has already heard from Kentucky, Gonzaga, West Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and others.
After a season leading the nation in scoring and his Yeshiva University team into the record books, Ryan Turell declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday, formalizing his intent to become the first Orthodox Jewish player in the history of the league and one of the few Division III stars to make the leap.
Turell announced he was turning pro in an interview with ESPN draft czar Jonathan Givony. “Being the first Orthodox Jew in the NBA would mean the world to me, and a dream come true, God willing,” Turell said. “But, just as importantly, it would mean the world to others that never saw this as a possibility.”
Roko Prkacin has withdrawn his name from the 2021 NBA draft. Prkacin was the No. 36 rated prospect in the class by ESPN, which described the withdrawal as a "somewhat surprising move." Prkacin could move into the first round in 2022 with a strong 21-22 season.
As Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweeted and multiple sources confirm, Rokas Jokubaitis will not withdraw his name from the NBA draft. As Givony explained: “Jokubaitis is available to come to the NBA immediately, paying a buyout to Zalgiris, but if a team elects to stash him, he will play for his old coach Sarunas Jasikevicius in Barcelona next season”.
Chinese basketball rising star Guo Haowen announced on Thursday his withdrawal from the 2021 NBA Draft and return to play for CBA club the Shanghai Sharks.
Jon Rothstein: USC's Isaiah Mobley is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft process and will return to college, per his IG page. Significant Pac-12 news.
Taylor Eldridge: I'm told by sources that Tyson Etienne is withdrawing from the NBA Draft process and returning to Wichita State for the 2021-22 season. Etienne was the Co-Player of the Year in the American last season. His return makes WSU a contender.
Jeff Goodman: Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado told @Stadium he will turn pro and not take advantage of another season in college.
Jon Rothstein: Texas Tech's Terrence Shannon Jr. is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft and returning to college, per his Twitter page. Significant Big 12 news.
Jeff Goodman: SMU’s Kendric Davis will withdraw from the draft and return to school, he told @Stadium
Senior guard Geo Baker, the face of the Rutgers basketball program who led the Scarlet Knights to their first NCAA Tournament in 30 years, will return to Piscataway for one final season, he announced in a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ohio University junior guard Jason Preston will remain in the 2021 NBA Draft and sign with agent Drew Gross of Roc Nation Sports, Preston told ESPN on Wednesday.
Jonathan Wasserman: Marcus Bagley announces he's returning to college, a sensible move based on his stock. Scouts didn't understand why he skipped scrimmages at the combine. The idea of a 6-8 shooter with D-tools is appealing, but he has more to prove after 38% FG, 34% 3PT in only 12 games.
The Fresno State Bulldogs will now have both of their previous potential NBA Draft-bound standouts back for another season in 2021-22. Days after junior forward Orlando Robinson announced he would withdraw from the NBA Draft pool, junior guard Deon Stroud also reached the same decision.
Utah Valley University men's basketball got some good news Wednesday: Fardaws Aimaq, the nation's leading rebounder, is coming back. After testing the NBA draft, the 6-foot-11, 220-pound center from Vancouver, British Columbia, will return to the Wolverines, where he will be classified as a redshirt sophomore.
Oregon State appears to have set its 2021-22 men’s basketball roster as forwards Warith Alatishe and Maurice Calloo and center Roman Silva pulled their names from the 2021 NBA Draft pool.
Jon Rothstein: Dawson Garcia tells me that he is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft and will return to college next season. Garcia also tells me that he is making a decision soon on his plans for next season. Final List: North Carolina Arizona Illinois Marquette
International prospect Vrenz Bleijenbergh, who last played for the Port of the Antwerp Giants in Belgium, will be reportedly keeping his name in the NBA draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
The Jayhawks basketball team gained some additional depth for the upcoming season, as Arizona State transfer Remy Martin withdrew his name from the NBA Draft on July 6.
Sam Vecenie: One of the big takeaways for me from watching the G League Elite Camp stuff was that EJ Onu’s rim protection and shot-blocking definitely translated to the higher level of competition. Announced today he’s staying in the draft. Will be interested to see if he gets his name called
Aaron Wiggins will forgo his final year of eligibility with the University of Maryland, and will keep his name in the 2021 NBA Draft, according to this agent, Mike Whitaker.
His agent, Mike Whitaker confirmed Aaron had two workouts before the July 7th deadline, with the Toronto Raptors on Monday, July 5th, and the Phoenix Suns; which would give him eight workouts so far, in the Pre-Draft process. Wiggins will also participate in a group workout with the Utah Jazz, and Minnesota Timberwolves on July 10th. The process spans four days, with 12 players working out per day, two workout groups at a time.
Taylor Eldridge: Last two NBA Draft workouts before Wichita State’s Tyson Etienne has to make the final decision of turning pro or returning to college. Etienne will work out for the Raptors today and the Suns tomorrow, then announce on Wednesday.
St. John’s expectations just rose significantly. Julian Champagnie, last year’s Big East leading scorer and all-conference first-team selection, announced Sunday night he is taking his name out of the NBA draft and will return to school for his junior year.
After going through a lengthy NBA Draft process that saw him work out and interview with multiple teams Colin Castleton announced via social media that he would be returning to Florida for his senior season.
Jon Rothstein: Source: West Virginia's Sean McNeil is expected to withdraw from the 2021 NBA Draft and return to school next season.
Iowa men’s basketball guard Joe Wieskamp officially announced Friday he’ll be keeping his name in the 2021 NBA Draft, ending his three-year career as a Hawkeye.
West Virginia guard Miles “Deuce” McBride has played his final game as a Mountaineer. Sources confirmed to MetroNews Friday that McBride informed WVU coach Bob Huggins of his decision to remain in the upcoming NBA Draft and forego his college eligibility.
Nebraska guard Dalano Banton announced Friday that he is staying in the 2021 NBA Draft and will forgo his remaining college eligibility. Underclassmen had until July 7 to announce their intentions to stay in the draft or return to college for the upcoming season.
Jeff Goodman: Texas’ Courtney Ramey told @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school. Longhorns are my Preseason No. 3 team in the country.
Jeff Goodman: Ohio State’s EJ Liddell will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to the Buckeyes next season. Liddell is a potential first-team All-American and Ohio State Is a Preseason Top 15-20 team despite the loss of Duane Washington Jr., to the pros.
Jalen Wilson withdrew from the NBA draft on Friday and announced he would return to Kansas for his sophomore season, providing more experience on the wing for a rebuilt team that should begin among the top five in the nation. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Wilson averaged 11.8 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds last season, helping the Jayhawks reach the second round of the NCAA tournament.
University of Kentucky senior guard Davion Mintz will withdraw his name from the 2021 NBA Draft and return to UK for the 2021-22 season, the program announced Thursday.
Jeff Goodman: Arkansas’ Stanley Umude has withdrawn from the NBA Draft process, source told @Stadium
Jeff Goodman: Quincy Guerrier told @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA draft and play at Oregon this season. Huge for the Ducks.
Jon Rothstein: Iowa State's Izaiah Brockington tells me that he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and will play college basketball next season. Transfer from Penn State.
Kentucky is getting its top basketball scorer back from last season, as guard Davion Mintz has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school.
A graduate transfer from Creighton, Mintz led the Wildcats in scoring (11.5 PPG) and assists (3.1 APG) in 2020-21 while also averaging 3.2 rebounds per game. This is the first time Kentucky is getting its leading scorer back since Randolph Morris in 2006-07.
Andrew Slater: 7’ Kofi Cockburn, who was a 2nd-team All-American & 1st-team All-Big 10, will enter the transfer portal, while keeping his name in the NBA Draft. @kxng_alpha , who averaged 17.7 points & 9.5 rebounds this season, is exploring all options. He can instantly elevate any program.
Jon Rothstein: Buffalo's Jeenathan Williams tells me that he will withdraw from the 2021 NBA Draft and return to school next season.
Jordan Hall is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft and will return to Saint Joseph’s next season instead of transferring to Texas A&M, a source told College Hoops Today.
Jon Rothstein: Oregon's De'Vion Harmon tells me that he will withdraw from the NBA Draft process. Transfer from Oklahoma.
Jon Rothstein: Marcus Carr is expected to withdraw from the 2021 NBA Draft and return to college next season, per his mentor Vidal Massiah. Carr is also in the transfer portal and will be one of the highest sought after transfers if he decides to leave Minnesota.
Jeff Goodman: BREAKING: Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. Will not be returning to school and will keep his name in for the NBA Draft, he told @Stadium. Buckeyes go from Top 10 to Top 25 team — depending if EJ Liddell returns.
Sam Vecenie: Basically from the moment Washington played well in the G League Elite Camp, this was expected by Ohio State. After a good week in Chicago, Washington is seen by most NBA teams as a reasonable two-way contract player due to his shooting.
Jeff Goodman: Former Rutgers guard Jacob Young told @Stadium he will withdraw from the NBA Draft process and play at Oregon this season.
Michael Yero: Kameron McGusty announces that he’ll be returning to Miami. As for Isaiah Wong, he remains heavily undecided. He’s having a workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers today.
Jeff Goodman: Former Clemson guard Clyde Trapp told @Stadium that he has sent in the paperwork to withdraw from the NBA Draft process and play at Charlotte this coming season.
If Keve Aluma hears his named called in the NBA Draft, it won't be in 2021. The former Stephen Decatur athlete has withdrawn from this year's draft after declaring for the event in April.
Jeff Goodman: Winthrop’s D.J. Burns has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft process, he told @Stadium. Talented big man who helped lead the Eagles to the NCAA tourney last season.
Jeff Goodman: Stetson’s Christiaan Jones has withdrawn from the NBA draft process and will return to school, he told @Stadium.
Jeff Goodman: Marquette’s Dawson Garcia told @Stadium he has entered the transfer portal, and is still going through the NBA draft process. Would be a huge pickup if he opts to transfer elsewhere.
Keve Aluma, who entered the NBA Draft in April, is returning to the Virginia Tech men's basketball team. Aluma, who made the All-ACC second team as a fourth-year junior, said Thursday in a phone interview that withdrawing from the draft and rejoining the Hokies was a "pretty simple" decision. "It's not like I was all over the draft boards," he said.
Purdue said Thursday that center Trevion Williams has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to campus for his senior season this fall.
I spoke to Aaron Wiggins’ agent, Austin Walton, earlier this morning, and he mentioned that interest from NBA teams had increased significantly in recent days. He continued to explain to me that Wiggins and his family have decided to preserve his college eligibility in order to keep the door open for a return back to Maryland next season. However, if things keep trending up, and he is provided a certain level of assurance, it is certainly possible that Wiggins stays in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: North Carolina big man Armando Bacot will return to Chapel Hill and withdraw from the NBA Draft process, he told @Stadium.
Jon Rothstein: Matthew Mayer is returning to Baylor next season, per @DraftExpress. Was an early entry candidate to the 2021 NBA Draft. Will be a massive breakout guy in 21-22.
Kofi Cockburn recently had a workout with the Boston Celtics, and is continuing to improve his stock ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29th. The former Illini center also told us at WCIA, he’s not coming back for his junior year. “I’m sorry I won’t be coming back,” says Cockburn. “I’m 100% in now.”
Georgia Tech’s roster for the 2021-22 season will include the reigning ACC Tournament MVP. After declaring his intent to test NBA draft waters in late March, Yellow Jackets guard Michael Devoe announced his decision to come back Tuesday.
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Multiple NBA sources said the Golden State Warriors have had internal discussions about Thybulle and that they do like him as a defensive stopper. The Sacramento Kings are also reportedly monitoring his availability. A league source confirmed the interest, saying Kings coach Mike Brown is a fan of Thybulle, who would add a defensive presence to Sacramento’s starting lineup. The Kings (28-21), who surprisingly sit at third place in the Western Conference, are pondering upgrades for a postseason push after an NBA-record 16 straight seasons without a playoff appearance. The Kings’ and Warriors’ interest makes sense and is something to pay attention to.
So Thybulle was shopped last summer. Sources said the Sixers even attempted to trade him to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft night as part of a three-team deal that would have brought the Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon to Philly.
James was asked if he thought the achievement — a hallowed record in not just basketball but across all professional sports — was now “heavier” with it being so close. “It’s not getting heavier,” he said. “I’m going to do it. I mean, it’s just a matter of time when I’m going to do it. It’s not heavy. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to be in this league for at least a few more years. “I’m going to do it. It’s not heavy at all.”
James’ ability to sustain at such a high level remained otherworldly, as the 38-year-old star is now 89 points away from passing Abdul-Jabbar’s record scoring mark that has stood for nearly 39 years. “He’s just a kid who’s grown before our eyes, the last 20 years at this level, has done nothing but play the right way and make the play that’s in front of him,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “Regardless of how much he’s been criticized for a while for not taking the last shots and the overpassing, he’s just making the right plays. You saw that again tonight.”
The question is how much more can he pad his soon-to-be scoring record? James hasn’t played more than 67 games in a season since 2017-18, but even if he plays 60 next year and sees a modest dip in his scoring average to 25 points per game, we’re looking at 1,500 more points, which would make him the first player to clear the 40,000 barrier. If he plays one more year after that to get in his run with Bronny, that would likely add another 1,500 or so and set the record at 42,000 points.
In other words, breaking LeBron’s record will probably require averaging more points per game than he did, because playing as many games in this era will be extremely difficult. (It’s also possible the league shortens the schedule at some point.) Additionally, James got an extra year at the beginning of his career relative to today’s players because he came to the league straight from high school, which is not possible at the moment. The league could potentially reverse its position, of course, but for now it’s another impediment to any potential record-breaker. James got a 1,654-point lead on the field in that 2003-04 season in Cleveland.
In a reminder of how generational of a talent James is, he also passed Mark Jackson and Steve Nash to move up to fourth on the all-time assist list. There’s a reasonable chance he moves into first in points and fourth in assists in the same week, illustrating both his remarkable durability and his uniquely fitted offensive repertoire. “It’s amazing because that’s just what I love to do and get my guys involved,” James said of passing Jackson and Nash. “I try to put the ball on time and on target with my guys throughout the course of my career and I’m with another great group that allows me to see the space and see the floor and I’m able to get it to them and try to get it to them with the right type of pass. But they have to make the shots and they’ve done a great job of that. Not only this season, but over the course of my career, so it’s pretty cool.