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Forty-three international players who had declared as early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm® have withdrawn their names from consideration. Three collegiate players who previously had declared as early entry candidates have also withdrawn. There are 79 collegiate and 12 international prospects that remain early entry candidates. The NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters will test the NBA waters, as his name appeared on the NBA’s early entrant list released Tuesday. Waters, a Freshman All-SEC performer who led LSU in scoring and assists with 15.9 points and 6.0 assists per game, has not hired an agent. He can retain his eligibility and return to LSU if he withdraws by May 30.

After two seasons and 47 games as a Kansas Jayhawk, sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is at least curious to hear what NBA evaluators have to say about his game. Azubuike, who started 34 of KU’s 39 games this season and improved his numbers across the board from his 11-game injury-shortened freshman season, has decided to test the NBA waters by entering the draft process. Azubuike will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility that he could still return to Kansas for his junior season the way Svi Mykhailiuk did one year ago.

Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo (Wilmington, Del.) will enter his name into the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft process but won’t hire an agent, it was announced today. In his second full season as a Wildcats guard, DiVincenzo enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 campaign, earning BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of the campaign and moved into the starting lineup for eight games during Phil Booth’s absence in January and February (broken bone in left hand).

“Y’all only saw my son do the speed limit,” the elder Trent Sr. said in phone interview on Saturday. He said his son, and Duke’s other players, had to sacrifice some of their abilities in order to try to win a national championship. Duke finished with a 28-9 record and lost 85-81 in overtime to Kansas in the NCAA tournament’s Elite 8. Trent Sr. said the way the system was designed, his son brought something that was needed and that’s how he was used.

Trent Sr. said his son is without a doubt signing an agent. His son’s dream has not been to make it in the NBA, but “to stay in the NBA,” he said. “If I didn’t feel my son had a strong enough mindset, a strong enough character and a strong enough work ethic, I would not recommend this for him and he would not consider it himself,” he said. This is not a forced decision by Duke. This is not a forced decision by his family. This is a dream that he wanted to pursue.”
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