Drew Tineo: According to his Instagram, UTA guard David Azore has announced his intention to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft. He averaged 19.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds, while also earning first team All-Sun Belt honors in 2021
LSU forward Tari Eason has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, the forward announced via Twitter on Friday, March 25. Eason a transfer from Cincinnati had his best season his first year in Baton Rouge.
Ohio State junior E.J. Liddell has declared for the NBA Draft and will forego his senior season. The Belleville, Ill., native was a two-time first team All-Big Ten honoree and a consensus All-American this season.
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.
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But league sources say the Hawks have no shortage of trade interest in Bogdan Bogdanović as well — as in “half the league is calling” type stuff. The 30-year-old guard has a player option for $18 million next season, so most teams would understandably view him as a short-term rental (with the hopes of re-signing him if he opts out). To this point, the Hawks haven’t shown much interest in moving him. Capela could certainly help most teams and would yield a good return, but he continues to have the kind of chemistry with Young that likely means he’s going nowhere. If you somehow haven’t noticed, it’s quite important for this iteration of the Hawks to maximize Young’s powers.
Young isn’t going anywhere. The same goes for Murray. Collins is the most likely one on the way out, of course, and it’s worth repeating that the asking price is known to have decreased significantly from recent years (per league sources, there is a focus on landing a quality player, or players, in return but no mandate for a first-round pick). That development is clearly a reflection of the focus on salvaging this season, as opposed to recouping the vast assets lost in the Murray trade with San Antonio in the summer. As we’ve reported recently, the Jazz and Rockets are known to be among the teams in pursuit.
This past October, Abdul-Jabbar — on his Substack page where he discusses and offers opinion on a variety of topics, often nothing to do with sports — that when James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the all-time scoring list in 2020, he “knew it was just a matter of time before he passed me too.” Abdul-Jabbar wrote that every time a record is broken, all people are elevated. “When I broke Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record in 1984 — the year LeBron was born — it bothered Wilt, who’d had a bit of a one-sided rivalry with me since I’d started doing so well in the NBA,” he added. “I don’t feel that way toward LeBron. Not only will I celebrate his accomplishment, I will sing his praises unequivocally.”
Riley coached Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles and later lured James to Miami for a four-year run starting in 2010. He sees in James much of what he saw in Alcindor when that bus pulled into Schenectady in 1961. “It’s all about LeBron right now, and it should be, with his unique career and unique opportunity to do this,” Riley said. “Training, travel, personal chefs, personal trainers, all that stuff has come into play since Kareem. I hope people realize Kareem’s story as well and how different it was. He went to college for four years; LeBron came out of high school. But they both dominated from Day 1. They both turned potential into greatness from Day 1.”
“I was just like whatever,” Mazzulla said. “I was at dinner with my wife and a few friends, so I had more important things going on at the time.” But Marcus Smart knows that’s not true. Mazzulla loves to play coy in front of the cameras, but he flips the switch behind closed doors. “Bulls—. Bulls—,” Smart said of Mazzulla’s attempt to play it off. “It says a lot, it’s just the humble mentality that we have. We got a lot of great guys, from coaches and players, that could sit here and boast about themselves about everything they’ve accomplished and things like that, but that’s not us. We love each other, and we let all the outside noise do the talking for us. But it definitely means something to Joe, and it means a lot to us for him to do it.”
Bobby Manning: Horford on Joe/ASG: “It doesn’t matter to him, but it’s a big deal for us .. it’s impressive how he’s been able to take the helm and lead us through this path. At the beginning of the season, it just wasn’t easy. All the unknowns .. he’s not celebrating, I’m celebrating for him.”
Monty McCutchen attributed the missed call to “a lack of fundamentals” from the referees involved. As James drove, the baseline referee, Jacyn Goble, was in motion in an effort to gain the best angle. While Goble’s intentions were good, the end result left him in a position where he was unable to clearly see the foul. “We want our referees in a still position,” says McCutchen. “We want movement to be purposeful, meaning, ‘Oh, someone stood in front of me. I need to make a definitive step to the left one step.’ But we can’t allow ourselves to get into rapid movement at the same time that the play is coming to a head.
McCutchen says he is confident the issue that led to the missed call in Boston can be corrected and that referees will work tirelessly to be in the best position to get every call right. “It really is impactful to referees to miss calls,” says McCutchen. “They’re not flippant about it. They don’t leave with a lack of remorse. But you have to move on. You have to get to the next game. That doesn’t help the teams that were aggrieved. We understand that. But we have to continue to pursue excellent work even up against our imperfections. That way you turn one call and you sort of nip it right there instead of turning it into a progression of bad calls.”