NBA rumors: First-round candidate Jaden Springer declares for draft

Jaden Springer is headed for the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, he announced Monday. Springer averaged a team-best 12.5 points and shot 43.5% from 3-point range as a freshman with Tennessee basketball. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

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Another Utah rotation piece is unlikely to return next season, but this one comes as no surprise. Alfonso Plummer, a sharpshooting, feast-or-famine shooting guard, announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he will enter the NBA Draft to “test the waters,” while also entering the NCAA Transfer Portal in effort to survey options if he decides to return to college one more year.
The deadline for an early entry player to apply for this year’s NBA Draft is Sunday, May 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The deadline for an early entry player to withdraw from the NBA Draft is Monday, July 19 at 5 p.m. ET.
Jon Rothstein: Utah State's Neemias Queta has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, per his Twitter page. Significant Mountain West news.
“I showed in college that I would be an excellent role player in the NBA,” Hunt said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “But what I want to show in the pre-draft process is all the other stuff that I have.”
Illinois State Redbirds breakout guard Antonio Reeves announced on Twitter Saturday that he’s declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. Reeves, a sophomore from Chicago announced he is entering the draft process, however there is still possibility of him returning to the ISU Redbirds next season.
SMU guard Kendric Davis entered the 2021 NBA Draft on Friday with a chance to return for the 2021-22 season, he announced on Twitter. Davis, a unanimous first team All-AAC selection, averaged 19 points, two assists and 1.7 rebounds per game this season.
Oklahoma guard De'Vion Harmon will take a crack at the NBA, he announced on his Twitter account Friday. "I plan on entering the NBA Draft!!," Harmon wrote in the tweet. "Thank you, Oklahoma! Forever Love."
Rutgers guard Jacob Young has been busy today, first entering the Transfer Portal, and now announcing that he has made himself available for the upcoming NBA Draft. “After discussion with my family, I have decided to enter the NBA draft; also, I put my name in the transfer portal to explore all other options,” Young posted to his Instagram account this afternoon.
Jeff Goodman: Texas’ Kai Jones declares for the NBA Draft.

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Pittsburgh sophomore small forward Justin Champagnie will test the NBA Draft process with the possibility to return to school in 2021-22, the school announced in a release on Tuesday. He’ll have the chance to work out for NBA teams before deciding whether or not he’ll return for another season at a later date.
JT Thor is the first Tiger to announce he'll be testing out the NBA waters. Thor, a rising sophomore who started all 27 games for Auburn last season, announced Tuesday afternoon he'll be entering his name into the NBA draft process. He said in his announcement that he is leaving open the possibility of returning to school next season.
Jeff Goodman: Kentucky freshman Terrence Clarke declared for the NBA Draft. Will be interesting to see if he can get into the first round.

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Kentucky freshman forward Lance Ware will return for his sophomore campaign in 2021-22. The 6-foot-9 forward out of Camden, NJ announced on his Instagram story this afternoon that he will be back in Lexington for year two. “Yes (I’m) coming back next year…” Ware said.
Kentucky freshman forward Isaiah Jackson will go through the NBA Draft process but will leave open the option to return to school, his father, Wes, told CatsPause.com Tuesday. Jackson is projected as a potential lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Manny Camper announced Tuesday with a social-media post that he’ll declare for the NBA draft. The 21-year-old did that after his junior season with the Siena men’s basketball program, too, but Camper confirmed Tuesday in a phone interview that he plans this time to hire an agent and not seek to preserve his college playing eligibility.
Just one day after Boston College men’s basketball finalized a key addition to the program with the announcement of Earl Grant as BC’s new head coach, the Eagles lost an important piece of their lineup on Tuesday, as forward Steffon Mitchell declared for the 2021 NBA Draft.
According to ESPN, the NBA requirement was approved by the league office because the NCAA’s new approach changed the definition and application of “eligible players” for NBA draft consideration. Current NBA collective bargaining agreement language grants graduating college seniors who exhausted their NCAA eligibility automatic entry into the following year’s draft.
Ryan McDonough: Here is the NBA Draft’s international player early entry list. A number of the players on the original list withdrew from the Draft yesterday. Two names to know if your team is picking in the Lottery - Deni Avdija and Killian Hayes. Both will be selected quickly next Wednesday.

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Nikos Rogkavopoulos decided to withdraw from the postponed 2020 NBA draft. He will retain his eligibility moving forward to the 2021 draft.
2000-born Cameroonian guard Aristide Mouaha has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft, his agent Mario Scotti of Two Points told Sportando.
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

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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.
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: Luka Garza tells me why he decided to come back to Iowa: pic.twitter.com/yIj3n9ubQ2

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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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.

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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.
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