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international players who had declared as early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm® have withdrawn their names from consideration. Three collegiate players who previously had declared as early entry candidates have also withdrawn.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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Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm: Berke Atar (Bandirma Kirmizi, Turkey). Romaric Belemene (Oviedo, Spain). Laurynas Beliauskas (Neptunas, Lithuania). Rihards Berzins (Liepaja, Latvia).
Adam Zagoria: Brian Bowen withdraws from NBA Draft
Adam Zagoria: South Carolina coach Frank Martin told me he believes Brian Bowen will withdraw from the NBA Draft so he has the option of going back next year. Could potentially go to the G League or Australia.
Misko Raznatovic: BeoBasket draft update: Stay – Dzanan Musa. Withdraw – Vanja Marinkovic, Blaz Mesicek, Goga Bitadze. Auto eligible – Aleksandar Lazic, Aleksa Ilic!
Kansas shooting guard Lagerald Vick, who announced plans to enter the 2018 NBA draft on April 6, removed his name from the draft pool prior to Wednesday’s deadline, his mom, La La Vick, told The Star on Friday.
“He’s looking into the G-League (where he could play a year then enter the draft),” she told The Star, indicating playing overseas would not be an option as Vick wants to help raise his daughter in the U.S.
On Friday afternoon, the NBA released a list of 100 early-entry candidates that have withdrawn from the NBA Draft. Micah Seaborn’s name was not on it, bringing an end to the mystery that engulfed the situation throughout Wednesday, not to mention his college career.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt will remain in the NBA Draft, league sources tell ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: Iowa’s Tyler Cook told ESPN he will return to school for his junior season.
Robert Franks is coming back to Washington State for his senior season. The 6-7, 240-pound forward just announced on Instagram he’s withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will play the 2018-19 season in Pullman.
Thuc Nhi Nguyen: Cody Riley has withdrawn from the NBA draft. #UCLA gets all three of its freshmen back from the draft.
Sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel announced Wednesday he will begin his professional career instead of returning to school for his junior season.
Jeff Goodman: Tyus Battle will return to Syracuse, source told ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: South Carolina forward and former Louisville signee Brian Bowen is expected to remain in the NBA Draft after being informed by the NCAA that he will have to sit next season (at a minimum), source told ESPN. Final ruling hasn’t even been made by NCAA, and could miss even more time
Jeff Goodman: Kentucky’s PJ Washington will withdraw and return to UK.
Nathan Baird: BREAKING: At JPC “Boilermakers on the Road” event in Jeffersonville, #Purdue coach Matt Painter said Carsen Edwards will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return for his junior season. Nojel Eastern to announce tomorrow.
Jeff Goodman: Michigan State’s Nick Ward told ESPN he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft. Will return to school.
Jeff Goodman: Iowa announced Isaiah Moss will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school.
Jeff Goodman: Utah’s Sedrick Barefield will withdraw from the draft and return to school.
Fletcher Magee of Wofford has pulled his name out of the NBA draft pool and will return for his senior season. He didn’t hire an agent, so his NCAA eligibility remains intact.
Jeff Goodman: Texas A&M guard Admon Gilder told ESPN he has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Jeff Goodman: Georgetown big man Jessie Govan told ESPN that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school.
Texas A&M junior center Tyler Davis is expected to remain in the NBA Draft even though he’s not projected to get drafted. Sources say he will sign with an agent and attempt to make an NBA team if he’s not drafted. Otherwise, he could land overseas. Davis met last week with agents in Chicago during the NBA Draft Combine.
Adam Zagoria: Texas A&M Forward Tyler Davis is expected to stay in the NBA Deaft and will not return to Texas A&M even though he is not expected to get drafted. Sources say he will sign with an agent and play in Europe this fall. Davis met last week with agents in Chicago.
Jeff Goodman: Western Kentucky’s Lamonte Bearden told ESPN he intends to sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft. Averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 assists this past season.
Jeff Goodman: San Diego State’s Max Montana told ESPN he will remain in the NBA Draft and plans to play overseas. Has dual citizenship. Began his college career at Indiana.
Jeff Goodman: Florida Gulf Coast transfer Zach Johnson confirms he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft. Will finish his college career at Miami.
Jeff Goodman: Utah State junior guard DeAngelo Isby told ESPN he will remain in the NBA Draft. Has signed with Darren White of Future Sports Management. Played first two years in juco ranks.
Jeff Goodman: NJIT big man Abdul Lewis told ESPN he will withdraw from the NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Go ahead and remove Western Carolina’s Mike Amius from the “testing the waters” section. He’s signed with an agent, will play professionally. I know you were unable to sleep without knowing this info.
Khyri Thomas: After consulting with my family and Coach Mac, I have made the decision to remain in the NBA Draft. I would like to thank everyone at Creighton for their incredible support the last 3 yrs. It was an honor to play in my hometown in front of the best fans in the country! #GoJays
Cincinnati junior Jacob Evans has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility, Evans told Yahoo Sports. Evans will participate in the draft combine in Chicago from May 16-20. He declared for the draft last month and went through a process of training and receiving feedback from NBA teams, which believe he is a top-25 selection.
Jeff Goodman: Chattanooga’s Makinde London has signed with an agent, source told ESPN. Declared for draft, no invite to the combine. Former Xavier forward.
Lamar Peters: Excited to announce that I’ll be returning for my junior campaign#hailstate#THISDAYEAR#✍🏽
Shams Charania: Sources: Boston College junior Jerome Robinson has decided to stay in the 2018 NBA draft, signing with CAA Sports. Robinson, a 6-foot-6 scorer, averaged 24 points in ACC this past season.
Xavier’s Kaiser Gates will test the waters of the NBA, declaring himself for the upcoming Draft in June. Gates averaged 7 points in 34 games for the Musketeers in 2017-18.
LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters has entered his name but has not signed with an agent. Waters has until May 30 to withdraw his name and retain his NCAA eligibility.
Cody Riley could give new meaning to being one and done. The UCLA freshman forward who played in one exhibition game before a shoplifting scandal led to a season-long suspension was on a list of 236 players who filed as early entry candidates for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10 Riley is not believed to have hired an agent, preserving his ability to return for what would be a redshirt freshman season.
Lamonte Bearden is the lone Hilltopper who played for the team during the 2017-18 season that applied for early entry into the draft. The rising redshirt senior didn’t hire an agent
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.
North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye will enter the NBA draft process, the school announced on Monday. He will not hire an agent.
Jalen Adams, UConn’s leader in scoring and assists the past two seasons, will not test the NBA’s draft process. He announced in a video posted on social media Sunday that he is returning to UConn for his senior season.
Jeff Goodman: The last unofficial count for college underclassmen who have declared for the NBA Draft is 150 — 53 have signed with an agent and 97 have said they are testing the NBA waters without an agent. Deadline for kids to declare is tomorrow night.
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.
Mike Daum, the South Dakota State standout from Kimball, Nebraska, has declared for the NBA draft. Daum, who has one season left of eligibility, won’t hire an agent, leaving the option open for him to return to college if he withdraws from the draft by June 11.
Adam Zagoria: Why not, everybody’s doing it. UConn sophomore guard Christian Vital will declare himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent.
Jeff Goodman: Kent State junior guard Jaylin Walker has declared for the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent, school announced.
Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo will enter the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent in order to maintain his college eligibility, the school announced Thursday. DiVincenzo is permitted to work out for teams and attend the NBA’s Draft Combine in Florida without committing to enter the league. Once players sign with an agent, they are not allowed to return to college.
Ajdin Penava has decided to sign with an agent and not return to Marshall for his senior year of basketball. The 6-foot-10 native of Bosnia had applied for the 2018 NBA Draft, seemingly to test the waters and obtain feedback. But that course seriously changed recently.
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).
Kansas seniors Devonte Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk have signed with agents well in advance of the June 21 NBA Draft. Graham, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday told The Star he had signed with CAA (Creative Arts Agency), which has U.S. offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Moorestown, N.J., and Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
BYU’s basketball program is losing one of its best players before the player’s college eligibility is exhausted for the second straight year. Leading scorer Elijah Bryant, who just completed his junior season but will graduate next week, announced on his YouTube channel that he is turning professional.
Misko Raznatovic: Blaz Mesicek, 97 born Slovenian guard and player of Brindisi, declared for the Nba draft 2018! #BeoBasket
Kentucky sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel announced Wednesday that he will test the NBA Draft waters but will not hire an agent. So long as Gabriel does not hire an agent, he will have until May 30 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky.
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. The 6’8, 20-year old Spanish national team veteran wing is playing in the Liga ACB for Joventut, averaging 5.7 points in 15 minutes per game, shooting 37% for 3.
Michael Scotto: Texas Tech freshman guard Zhaire Smith will remain in the NBA draft and will hire an agent, league sources told The Athletic.
Zhaire Smith: After careful consideration I’ve decided to forgo my collegiate career and sign with Roc Nation. Again I want to thank my family, friends , coaches, teammates, and TT fans. Your support has been great . I know this is the best decision for me and I hope to make y’all proud!
South Carolina center Chris Silva declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, but is not hiring an agent so he can retain his eligibility for next season.
Pedja Materic: Amine Noua @NouAmine_12 of Asvel Villeurbanne declares for the 2018 NBA draft #BeoBasket
Pedja Materic: Adam Mokoka of Gravelines officialy declared for the 2018 NBA draft ! #BeoBasket
Misko Raznatovic: Vanja Marinkovic, sg of Partizan Belgrade, 97 born, officially declared for NBA draft 2018! #BeoBasket
Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Hamidou Diallo announced Monday that he plans to submit his name for the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate career.
Moritz Wagner announced that he will enter the 2018 NBA draft and hire an agent in a piece on the Players’ Tribune. Wagner will forego his senior year with Michigan. Wagner averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in NCAA.
Marc J. Spears: Duke center @wendellcarter34 is expected to announce his 2018 NBA Draft decision on Monday on his 19th Birthday at 12 PM EST, sources told @TheUndefeated.
Canisius College sophomore Isaiah Reese announced late Wednesday he will test the waters by placing his name in for consideration for this summer’s NBA draft, but will not hire an agent to keep his college eligibility.
Jeff Goodman: Georgetown big man Jessie Govan will declare for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, source told ESPN.
Mississippi State point guard Nick Weatherspoon announced his decision to return for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday via Twitter. Last week, Weatherspoon told Clarion Ledger reporter Will Sammon that he planned to enter the 2018 NBA Draft pool but wouldn’t hire an agent.
French guard Elie Okobo has become the latest top international prospect to enter his name in the 2018 NBA draft pool, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Agent Herman Manakyan informs Givony that Okobo has submitted the necessary paperwork to make himself draft-eligible for 2018.
The parents of Duke freshman center Wendell Carter Jr. told ESPN’s The Undefeated on Wednesday morning that their son is still undecided about entering the 2018 NBA draft.
Jeff Goodman: LSU junior Brandon Sampson has signed with an agent and will declare for the NBA Draft, source told ESPN. Top 50 kid coming out of high school.
Jeff Goodman: Chicago State guard Fred Sims told ESPN he will declare for the NBA Draft, and is going through the process of looking for an agent. Will not return to college.
“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.”
Jeff Goodman: Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura will return for his junior season, school announces.
Auburn point guard Jared Harper is entering the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent so as to maintain his eligibility if he chooses to return for his junior season.
“After discussing with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter the 2018 NBA Draft without signing with an agent,” Quinndary Weatherspoon tweeted on Friday. “Thank you Bulldog fans for your continued support thus far, and I am excited to see where this journey takes me.”
Maryland forward Bruno Fernando has announced that he will declare for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent. He has until May 30th to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and retain his college eligibility.
Forward Esa Ahmad is entering the NBA draft but has no intentions to sign with an agent, becoming the second West Virginia player in three days to take an exploratory look.
Jeff Goodman: Texas Southern junior big man Trayvon Reed will declare for the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent. Averaged 9.7 points, 8.7 boards and 3.1 blocks per game.
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Russell Westbrook sat out Friday’s game against the LA Clippers, the second straight game he has missed as he recovers from knee surgery, but he is eyeing a possible return in Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
After going through an energetic post-shootaround workout, which included a few emphatic tomahawk dunks, Westbrook met with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s medical staff and decided to sit against the Clippers. He has been increasing his practice workload, including being cleared for basically full-contact practices and drills. “A lot of it is him and the medical staff talking to each other and him giving feedback,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In my conversations with him, it’s always how he’s feeling the next day. And I think for him, he needs to be right because you don’t want to have something lingering. And he knows his body better than anybody else.”
Erik Horne: Donovan on Russell Westbrook: “If he was cleared to play, he’d be playing.” Donovan says Westbrook is still doing controlled contact. “Russell, the medical staff, they’re all communicating.”
Jimmy Butler encouraged the fans to boo him, and the Minnesota crowd obliged. But some appeared to quickly forget their anger. The Timberwolves’ home opener began Friday night with Butler getting heartily booed during introductions before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers. It ended with Butler on the free-throw line to seal a 131-123 victory and some of the same fans showering the disgruntled star with an “M-V-P!” chant. “I knew as soon as I made an effort play, it was going to turn into cheers,” Butler said. “I like it, though. Like I told you, it’s OK to boo me. I’m still going to play hard. I’m still going to try to my best to help win games. Boos, cheers, silence, I’ve got a job to do.”
Butler has been at the center of turmoil since demanding a trade last month. In an interview earlier this week, Butler said he anticipated a negative response from T’wolves fans but didn’t seem worried about it. “Sure. Go ahead, boo me,” Butler told The Athletic. “It ain’t going to change the way I play. That’s going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it.”
Jerebko crashed the basket and tipped in a shot against his former team with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 124-123 victory over the Jazz on Friday night. “My teammates knew this was a big game for me coming back here. I wanted to win and told them I really wanted this one,” said Jerebko, who couldn’t stop smiling after the victory.