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Olgun Uluc: William McDowell-White has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. Had a pretty volatile year, but there are NBA teams out there who really like him. At this stage, it’s too hard to say the range in which he could get picked.
Emiliano Carchia: Lithuanian point guard Arnas Velicka will declare for the NBA draft, a source told Sportando. Velicka, born in 1999, averaged 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists in Estonian-Latvian Basketball League with Tartu Ulikool Rock
Maryland stars Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan both intend to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft and sign with agents, the school announced Monday afternoon.
Missouri sophomore center Jeremiah Tilmon will make himself available for this summer’s NBA draft and will have until late next month to decide if he’s returning to school for his junior season. "It's always been a dream of mine since I started playing basketball to make it to the NBA," Tilmon said in a news release Monday. "I want to get everything I can out of this process.”
Arizona Wildcats wing Brandon Randolph will take advantage of the NCAA’s new NBA Draft rules. The sophomore announced Friday on Instagram he was entering his name in the 2019 NBA Draft. “I am taking this process very seriously and look forward to getting feedback to help me make the best decision for my family and me,” Randolph said in the post.
Jeremy Woo: Utah State’s Neemias Queta will enter his name in the 2019 NBA draft with intent to turn pro, per sources. Queta was the Mountain West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year and is a potential first-round pick.
Jeff Goodman: Oregon freshman Louis King announces that he will declare for the NBA Draft. This one will be worth watching. Ducks are a Preseason Top 10 team if he returns.
Evan Daniels: Source: Alabama wing Tevin Mack has submitted the necessary paperwork to declare for the NBA Draft. Averaged 9 PPG last season.
Jon Rothstein: TCU's Kouat Noi will enter the 2019 NBA Draft, per his Twitter page. Could be a sleeper at the next level. Versatile player.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Florida freshman Andrew Nembhard will enter the NBA Draft. He has until late May to withdraw and return to school.
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LSU freshman forward Emmitt Williams became the fifth Tiger to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, announcing his intentions to declare on Instagram Thursday afternoon.
Former TCU basketball player Jaylen Fisher is putting his name in the NBA Draft. Fisher announced his intentions on Thursday, the last day college players can request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and still be eligible to return to college basketball next season.
Jeff Goodman: Xavier quartet of Paul Scruggs, Naji Marshall, Quentin Goodin and Tyrique Jones will all declare for the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. All likely to return to return to school — barring something crazy.
Jeff Goodman: Iowa freshman guard Joe Wieskamp will test the NBA Draft process, source told @Stadium. Almost certain to return to school next season.
Jeff Goodman: Stanford sophomore KZ Okpala announces he's declaring for the NBA Draft. Likely first-rounder if he stays in.
Freshman LSU guard Javonte Smart has declared for the NBA Draft, he announced via Instagram on Thursday (April 11) morning.
University of Texas freshman forward Jaxson Hayes, a 2018 Moeller High School graduate, has declared for the NBA Draft. Hayes was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and claimed spots on the All-Big 12 Second Team, the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team and the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann announced today that Kaleb Wesson has entered his name for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft. ... Wesson will go through the draft process, but still retain his eligibility should he choose to return for his junior season. Rules state that a player can declare as long as he withdraws prior to the draft or goes undrafted. Players may consult with an NCAA-certified agent and still keep their eligibility, but must stop working with that agent should they return to school.
Adam Baum: #Xavier forward Tyrique Jones announced on his Instagram that he will be entering the NBA Draft without an agent at this time. Not unexpected. I've been told that many Xavier players have been encouraged to take the free NBA evaluation with the ability to retain NCAA eligibility
Duke freshman basketball player RJ Barrett has announced his intentions to go to the NBA. Barrett tweeted a video giving thanks to Duke and declared he'll be entering the 2019 NBA draft. "I want to thank God, my family, my coaches and everyone that has helped me reach this decision," Barrett tweeted.
Adam Zagoria: Kentucky's Keldon Johnson will submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft, he announced on Wednesday. Under new NCAA rules, Johnson can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still have the ability to return to school if he chooses.
John Canzano: UO basketball source tells me both Oregon underclassmen Kenny Wooten and Louis King will also declare for the NBA Draft and go through process.
TCU men's basketball guard Desmond Bane, the team's leading scorer during the 2018-19 season, has decided to test the NBA waters. Bane announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he is entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, but is "keeping all options" open as to whether he ultimately returns to TCU for his senior season or decides to go professional.
Florida State sophomore Mfiondu Kabengele is declaring for the NBA Draft with the intent of staying in, he tells 247Sports. “My decision is I’m going to put my name in the draft this year,” Kabengele said. “Just because of the season I had, the growth, I feel like I did as much as I could at Florida State. I learned a lot. My next challenge is going to be to expand my game.”
Tres Tinkle, who is among Oregon State’s career top 10 in scoring and rebounding, will place his name in the 2019 NBA Draft according to his father, Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle. The move isn’t binding, as the OSU junior forward has until May 29 to remove his name from the draft and return to Oregon State.
Jeff Borzello: Some more St. John's news … -- Justin Simon is entering the NBA Draft and plans to remain in the draft pool, source confirmed to ESPN.
Penn State’s all-Big Ten forward Lamar Stevens formally announced today that he will declare for the NBA Draft with the intention of “testing the waters.” That is, he’s not necessarily all-in, but simply wants feedback from NBA execs and may withdraw from consideration if it’s not to his liking.
Louisiana Tech's DaQuan Bracey has declared for the National Basketball Association's 2019 Draft, the junior guard announced on Tuesday. "After talking with my family, I have decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft," Bracey said. "I am thankful to all who have helped me get to where I am now, and I think it is in my best interest to see where my game is at by declaring for the draft. I will not be signing with an agent, leaving my option open to return to Louisiana Tech for my senior year."
One day after his head coach turned down an offer from UCLA Grant Williams announced that he will enter the NBA Draft, but a return to Tennessee for his senior year is still on the table. “I want go into the process with an open mind and make the most informed decision possible," Williams said in a news conference Tuesday.
Yovel Zoosman has submitted the necessary paperwork in order to make himself eligible for the 2019 NBA draft: “I am extremely happy to share that I will be declaring for the 2019 NBA draft in June. Until then, I am totally committed and focused on helping my team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, achieve our goal of repeating, and winning the Israeli league championship for the second year in a row. To be considered a potential NBA draft pick is an incredible honor, and hearing my name called on draft night would truly be a dream come true”, he told ESPN.
Auburn junior point guard Jared Harper announced on Twitter that he will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. He will hire an agent, and won’t be eligible to return to school.
Evan Daniels: UCLA guard Jaylen Hands is entering the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, he tells @247Sports. He added that he will “stay in.”
Ole Miss guard Breein Tyree is testing the NBA waters. After a first-team All-SEC season where he averaged a team-high 17.9 points per game, Tyree has entered into the player pool for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Robin Washut: #Nebrasketball forward Isaiah Roby announces that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft but will maintain his NCAA eligibility by not hiring an agent “in order to keep all of my options open."
NC State men's basketball junior guard Markell Johnson will submit his name for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft. He will go through the evaluation process while retaining his NCAA eligibility for a potential return to NC State.
Division II Player of the Year Daulton Hommes will declare for the 2019 NBA draft. “I am looking to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA,” Hommes told ESPN. “I have filed my application for evaluation with the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UAC). After I have received word from the UAC, I will be looking to hire an agent.”
Miami University head men's basketball coach Jack Owens announced Friday that sophomore guard Nike Sibande will be putting his name into the 2019 NBA draft in order to get an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
LSU sophomore guard Tremont Waters has decided to declare for the NBA Draft. Waters made the announcement via an Instagram post Thursday. Waters thanked the LSU community and fans, saying his time in Baton Rouge has been “inspiring and life changing.”
Matt Weitzel: Tyler Cook is still finalizing his decision regarding his future. Tyler appreciates your interest and will make an official announcement when he is ready. #Hawkeyes
Following a tremendous season, junior guard Bryce Aiken has announced his intention add his name for consideration for the 2019 NBA Draft. "I am excited for the opportunity to see where I stand in this process the NBA has created," said Aiken. "My goal has always been to be a Harvard graduate and an NBA player"
Shams Charania: Iowa State sophomore Lindell Wigginton tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium he is entering the NBA draft and planning to hire agent. Full letter from one of the nation’s best guards, who was hampered by injury early in season and is now recovered for predraft.

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Sitting next to his parents and his aunt and uncle, Phil and Carol Morant, at the office of his agent, Jim Tanner of Tandem Sports and Entertainment, Morant explained his decision Saturday to become a pro and his journey from lightly recruited player in South Carolina to lottery pick. “I didn’t try to force the decision to come out early,” Morant told USA TODAY Sports. “Me and my family just talked it over and felt like now is the right time and made that decision.”
Even being named second-team All-American is enough of a slight, and Morant is prepared for negativity anyway. “I still know there’s going to be some who have something negative to say regardless if I go 1, 2, 3 or the last pick,” he said. “It’s just poking the bear and motivating me to keep going. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Romeo Langford, IU’s leading scorer and one of the Big Ten’s best freshmen this past season, will declare for the NBA draft. Langford’s decision first broke in an ESPN story posted Thursday afternoon. Attempts to reach his father, Tim, were unsuccessful as of press time. The decision itself will come as no surprise. Langford was always considered one of the top prospects in the 2019 draft class, after an outstanding high school career and one college season that saw him average 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Seton Hall junior guard Myles Powell will enter the NBA Draft but plans to maintain his college elibigility. Powell said he’s uncertain if he will hire an agent or not. He plans to get an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, he told the Asbury Park Press, and must request one by April. 11. “The new rules are that I can [hire an agent],” he told ZAGSBLOG Thursday. “The agent just has to be cleared by the NCAA and I can still come back.”
Tennessee Junior Guard Jordan Bone said he’s exploring his options for the NBA Draft. Bone averaged 13.5 points and an SEC-leading 5.8 Assists per game in 2018-19.
North Carolina freshman Coby White will declare for the NBA draft, he announced on social media Wednesday. White, a 6-5, 185-pound point guard, is projected to go No. 5 overall, according to NBAdraft.net. Once thought to be a multi-year player, White’s draft stock increased significantly with his success this season. White was the team’s second-leading scorer. He averaged 16.1 points per game and 4.1 assists.
One of Tennessee's most integral players announced his intentions to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft Wednesday. Tennessee Vols junior point guard Jordan Bone posted a video on Twitter Wednesday to announce he is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. ... Bone has until June 10 to decide to officially enter the draft. He could still return to Tennessee for his senior season if he does not hire an agent during that time and withdraws from draft consideration by June 10.
After completing his junior season in memory of hs grandmother, NIU guard Eugene German is entering the NBA draft a second time. ... As he did last year, German left his options open to return for a senior season by not signing with an agent. The second team all-Mid American Conference guard scored 20.4 points per game and grabbed 5.2 rebounds per contest. His 1,569 career points leave him sixth in program history.
Jalen Lecque might enter the NBA draft or he might play for N.C. State next season. Lecque, a four-star recruit who signed with the Wolfpack in November, is trying to figure out his options. The 6-3, 190-pound guard from Brewster Prep Academy has submitted paperwork to the NBA to enter the draft, according to ESPN. The question is whether Lecque is eligible? “We don’t have a confirmation on whether he’s eligible or not,” Derrick Lecque, his father, told 247Sports. “We’ve sent in all the paperwork, but the reality is we haven’t gotten the feedback that he’s eligible.”
The NBA’s “one-and-done” rule prevents high school seniors from going directly to the NBA draft but Lecque is a fifth-year player and will turn 19 on June 13. Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, to be eligible you have to turn 19 during the calendar year of the draft and be at least one year removed from high-school graduation. According to ESPN, the NBA will have to evaluate Lecque’s high school transcripts. Lecque spent his first three years of high school in New York and one year at the Christ School in Arden (the 2017-18 season) before playing a fifth season at Brewster in Wolfeboro, N.H.
It was immediately unclear if Horton-Tucker was interested in potentially pursuing those avenues or had firmly decided to end his collegiate career. “After speaking with my family and coaching staff at Iowa State, I believe that this is in my best interest to begin the next chapter of my life and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Horton-Tucker said in a statement released on social media.
Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby has put his name into the NBA draft, the junior told The World-Herald on Saturday. Roby will not hire an agent and will keep his options open, he said, meaning he could return to NU next season.
Hoiberg has already called Roby, who said he likes the hiring of Hoiberg as Tim Miles' replacement. "I mean, obviously he's got a lot of success in college and he's coached in the NBA, played in the NBA, he was an executive in the NBA, so yeah I think that's the type of person that can really turn this program in the right direction," Roby said.
Oregon Ducks freshman Bol Bol has officially turned pro, hiring an agent at CAA for representation in his eventual NBA career, the agency told ESPN on Friday. The 7-foot-2 center is No. 12 on ESPN's rankings of the top 100 NBA draft prospects.
Bol will look to CAA to overlook his ongoing rehab and pre-NBA draft meeting and interview schedule. He will also rely on the firm to land him potential endorsement deals, beginning with a shoe deal. Bol boasts 650,000 followers on Instagram, the third-highest total among draft prospects behind only Duke's Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.
C.J. Elleby is testing the NBA Draft waters less than three weeks after capping his freshman season at Washington State. Elleby, who garnered all-Pac-12 freshman team honors earlier in March, told ESPN in a written statement he will enter the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.
Sources told CF.C Elleby had planned his move during the regular season and his decision unrelated to the Cougars’ coaching change. By not hiring an agent, Elleby is eligible to return to WSU in 2019 for his sophomore season.
Syracuse star Tyus Battle is not coming back for his senior year. He announced his decision in an open letter to fans published Friday in The Post-Standard of Syracuse.
Jeff Greer: Louisville big man Steven Enoch announces via Instagram that he'll put his name in the NBA Draft pool to be evaluated. He says he will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility to return. Has until May 29 to make a final decision on his future.
North Florida junior forward Wajid Aminu has announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, maintaining his amateurism.
Yale junior wing Miye Oni has declared for the NBA Draft. “I plan on entering the 2019 draft,” he told ZAGSBLOG in a text message originally reported by ESPN.com. “I did the Undergraduate Advisory Request to legally protect myself and my eligibility, but I have every intention of staying in the draft.
St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds will enter this year's NBA draft, he wrote on Instagram on Thursday night. Ponds, a junior, led the Red Storm with 19.7 points and 5.1 assists. He led the Big East with 2.6 steals per game and a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio, and he was named to the all-conference first team.
Jeff Goodman: Syracuse sophomore forward Oshae Brissett is expected to test the NBA’s draft process, source told @stadium. Averaged 12.4. points and 7.5 boards this season.
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Iman Shumpert not done playing?

Iman Shumpert might’ve been focusing on mirror balls more than basketballs recently, but the NBA champ says he’s NOT done hooping … telling TMZ Sports he’s got a lot left in his tank. We caught up with the 31-year-old fresh off winning the 30th season of “Dancing With the Stars” this week … and we asked with all the moves he displayed on the dancefloor, is he going to take his talents back to the basketball court?? “Tryna see what we can get done,” Shumpert said, “I love basketball. I never stopped playing.”
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Haralabos Voulgaris: I tried to get (Alex Caruso) the year he was a free agent three years ago. Could not convince people that he was even an NBA basketball player and one of our guys in our front office is like, ‘I think if he didn’t look like the like Jim Carrey from the Cable Guy when when he plays a pickup basketball game, I think he would be taken a lot more seriously.’