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2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List

The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players — 137 players from colleges and 45 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft.

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The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players — 137 players from colleges and 45 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

Players wishing to enter the 2017 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 23.

Following is the list of players from colleges who have applied for early entry into the 2017 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 22.

Player School Height Status
Shaqquan Aaron USC 6-7 Sophomore
Jaylen Adams St. Bonaventure  6-2 Junior
Edrice Adebayo Kentucky 6-10 Freshman
Deng Adel Louisville 6-7 Sophomore
Jashaun Agosto LIU  5-11 Freshman
Bashir Ahmed St. John’s 6-7 Junior
Rawle Alkins Arizona 6-5 Freshman
Jarrett Allen Texas 6-11 Freshman
Mark Alstork Wright State 6-5 Junior
Ike Anigbogu UCLA  6-10 Freshman
OG Anunoby Indiana 6-8 Sophomore
Dwayne Bacon Florida State 6-7 Sophomore
Lonzo Ball UCLA  6-6 Freshman
Jaylen Barford Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Jordan Bell Oregon 6-9 Junior
Trae Bell-Haynes Vermont 6-2 Junior
Joel Berry II North Carolina 6-0 Junior
James Blackmon Jr. Indiana 6-4 Junior
Antonio Blakeney LSU 6-4 Sophomore
Trevon Bluiett Xavier  6-6 Junior
Bennie Boatwright USC 6-10 Sophomore
Jacobi Boykins Louisiana Tech  6-6 Junior
Tony Bradley North Carolina 6-10 Freshman
Isaiah Briscoe Kentucky 6-2 Sophomore
Dillon Brooks Oregon 6-7 Junior
Thomas Bryant Indiana 6-10 Sophomore
Rodney Bullock Providence 6-8 Junior
Jevon Carter West Virginia 6-2 Junior
Clandell Cetoute Thiel College (PA) 6-8 Junior
Joseph Chartouny Fordham 6-3 Sophomore
Donte’ Clark Massachusetts 6-4 Junior
Chris Clemons Campbell 5-9 Sophomore
David Collette Utah 6-10 Junior
John Collins Wake Forest 6-10 Sophomore
Zach Collins Gonzaga 7-0 Freshman
Chance Comanche Arizona 6-11 Sophomore
Angel Delgado Seton Hall 6-10 Junior
Hamidou Diallo Kentucky 6-6 Freshman
Tyler Dorsey Oregon 6-4 Sophomore
PJ Dozier South Carolina 6-6 Sophomore
Vince Edwards Purdue 6-8 Junior
John Egbunu Florida 6-11 Junior
Jon Elmore Marshall 6-3 Junior
Obi Enechionyia Temple 6-10 Junior
Drew Eubanks Oregon State 6-10 Sophomore
Jawun Evans Oklahoma State 6-1 Sophomore
Tacko Fall Central Florida 7-6 Sophomore
Tony Farmer Lee College (TX) 6-7 Sophomore
De’Aaron Fox Kentucky 6-4 Freshman
Markelle Fultz Washington 6-4 Freshman
Harry Giles Duke  6-10 Freshman
Brandon Goodwin FGCU 6-2 Junior
Donte Grantham Clemson 6-8 Junior
Isaac Haas Purdue 7-2 Junior
Aaron Holiday UCLA  6-1 Sophomore
Isaac Humphries Kentucky 7-0 Sophomore
Chandler Hutchison Boise State 6-7 Junior
Jonathan Isaac Florida State 6-10 Freshman
Frank Jackson Duke  6-3 Freshman
Josh Jackson Kansas 6-8 Freshman
Justin Jackson Maryland 6-7 Freshman
Justin Jackson North Carolina 6-8 Junior
Alize Johnson Missouri State 6-9 Junior
B.J. Johnson La Salle 6-7 Junior
Darin Johnson CSU-Northridge 6-5 Junior
Jaylen Johnson Louisville 6-9 Junior
Robert Johnson  Indiana 6-3 Junior
Andrew Jones Texas 6-4 Freshman
Kerem Kanter Green Bay 6-10 Junior
Ted Kapita North Carolina State  6-8 Freshman
Marcus Keene Central Michigan 5-9 Junior
Luke Kennard Duke  6-6 Sophomore
Braxton Key Alabama 6-8 Freshman
George King Colorado 6-6 Junior
Kyle Kuzma Utah 6-9 Junior
Khadeem Lattin Oklahoma 6-9 Junior
TJ Leaf UCLA  6-10 Freshman
William Lee UAB 6-9 Junior
Zach Lofton Texas Southern  6-3 Junior
Tyler Lydon Syracuse 6-9 Sophomore
Daryl Macon Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Marin Maric Northern Illinois 6-11 Junior
Lauri Markkanen Arizona 7-0 Freshman
Yante Maten Georgia 6-8 Junior
Markis McDuffie Wichita State 6-8 Sophomore
MiKyle McIntosh Illinois State 6-7 Junior
Eric Mika BYU 6-10 Sophomore
Donovan Mitchell Louisville 6-3 Sophomore
Malik Monk Kentucky 6-3 Freshman
Matthew Morgan Cornell 6-3 Sophomore
Shaquille Morris Wichita State 6-8 Junior
Johnathan Motley Baylor  6-10 Junior
Svi Mykhailiuk  Kansas 6-8 Junior
Divine Myles Stetson 5-11 Junior
Derick Newton Stetson 6-6 Sophomore
Austin Nichols Virginia 6-8 Junior
Semi Ojeleye SMU 6-7 Junior
Cameron Oliver Nevada 6-8 Sophomore
Randy Onwuasor Southern Utah 6-3 Junior
Justin Patton Creighton 7-0 Freshman
L.J. Peak Georgetown 6-5 Junior
Theo Pinson North Carolina 6-6 Junior
Ivan Rabb California 6-11 Sophomore
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Florida State 6-4 Junior
Devin Robinson Florida 6-8 Junior
Josh Robinson Austin Peay 6-2 Junior
Martavius Robinson Lewis Clark CC (Illinois) 6-10 Sophomore
Maverick Rowan North Carolina State  6-7 Sophomore
Corey Sanders Rutgers 6-2 Sophomore
Victor Sanders Idaho 6-5 Junior
Jaaron Simmons  Ohio 6-1 Junior
Kobi Simmons Arizona 6-5 Freshman
Fred Sims Jr. Chicago State 6-4 Sophomore
Dennis Smith Jr. North Carolina State  6-3 Freshman
Zach Smith Texas Tech 6-8 Junior
Kamau Stokes Kansas State 6-0 Sophomore
Edmond Sumner  Xavier  6-6 Sophomore
Caleb Swanigan Purdue 6-9 Sophomore
Jayson Tatum Duke  6-8 Freshman
Matt Taylor New Mexico State  6-4 Junior
James Thompson IV  Eastern Michigan 6-10 Sophomore
Stephen Thompson Jr. Oregon State 6-4 Sophomore
Trevor Thompson Ohio State 7-0 Junior
Melo Trimble Maryland 6-3 Junior
Craig Victor II LSU 6-9 Junior
Moritz Wagner Michigan 6-11 Sophomore
Tevonn Walker Valparaiso 6-2 Junior
Antone Warren Antelope Valley CC (CA) 6-10 Sophomore
Thomas Welsh UCLA  7-0 Junior
Thomas Wilder Western Michigan 6-3 Junior
Cecil Williams Central Michigan 6-6 Junior
Johnathan Williams Gonzaga 6-9 Junior
Kam Williams Ohio State 6-2 Junior
Nigel Williams-Goss  Gonzaga 6-3 Junior
Christian Wilson  Texas-San Antonio 6-2 Junior
D.J. Wilson Michigan 6-10 Junior
Omer Yurtseven  North Carolina State  7-0 Freshman

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2017 NBA Draft:

Player Team/Country of Team Height Status
Ege Arar Galatasaray (Turkey) 6-10 1996
Laurynas Beliauskas Neptunas (Lithuania) 6-3 1997
Terrence Bieshaar Joventut (Spain) 6-10 1997
Simon Birgander  Clavijo (Spain) 6-10 1997
Laurynas Birutis Vytautas (Lithuania) 7-1 1997
Luka Bozic Zagreb (Croatia)  6-7 1996
Vlatko Cancar Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-8 1997
Leo Cizmic Sevilla (Spain) 6-8 1998
Wesley Alves da Silva Paulistano (Brazil) 6-6 1996
George de Paula Paulistano (Brazil) 6-6 1996
Berkan Durmaz Tofas (Turkey) 6-8 1997
Martynas Echodas  Siauliai (Lithuania) 6-9 1997
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot Levallois (France) 6-8 1996
Aquiles Ferreira Pinheiros (Brazil) 6-5 1998
Diego Flaccadori Trento (Italy) 6-5 1996
Tolga Gecim Banvit (Turkey) 6-8 1996
Yoan Granvorka Nancy (France)  6-4 1997
Egemen Guven Karsiyaka (Turkey) 6-10 1996
Isaiah Hartenstein Zalgiris (Lithuania) 7-0 1998
Karlis Helmanis RTU Riga (Latvia)  6-7 1997
Aleksa Ilic Buducnost (Montenegro) 6-9 1996
Jonathan Jeanne Nancy (France)  7-2 1997
Alpha Kaba Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-10 1996
Verners Kohs GBA Sparta (Czech Republic) 6-8 1997
Antonios Koniaris PAOK (Greece)  6-4 1997
Arnoldas Kulboka Baunach (Germany)  6-9 1998
Rodions Kurucs Barcelona (Spain)  6-8 1998
Axel Louissaint Lugano (Switzerland) 6-6 1996
Michail Lountzis Panathinaikos (Greece)  6-5 1998
Gytis Masiulis Zalgiris (Lithuania) 6-9 1998
Lovro Mazalin Zadar (Croatia)  6-9 1997
Regimantas Miniotas Vytautas (Lithuania) 6-9 1996
Kostja Mushidi Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-5 1998
Margiris Normantas Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) 6-4 1996
Frank Ntilikina Strasbourg (France) 6-5 1998
Elie Okobo Pau Orthez (France) 6-2 1997
Viny Okouo Unicaja (Spain)  7-2 1997
Ayberk Olmaz Istanbul BSB (Turkey) 6-10 1996
Lucas Pereira Pinheiros (Brazil) 6-8 1998
Martynas Sajus Starogard (Poland)  6-10 1996
Borisa Simanic Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)  6-10 1998
Nik Slavica Cibona (Croatia)  6-8 1997
Berk Ugurlu Fenerbahce (Turkey)  6-3 1996
Kristupas Zemaitis  Vytautas (Lithuania) 6-4 1996
Zou Yuchen Bayi Fubang (China) 6-10 1996

Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 12. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen that have entered the 2017 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 24.

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NBA Daily: Troy Brown Poised To Bring Versatility To The Next Level

Coming into the NBA Draft with just one season of experience at the collegiate level, Troy Brown feels that his wide range of skills makes him a player who has a lot to offer.

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Coming into the NBA Draft with just one season of experience at the collegiate level, Troy Brown feels that his wide range of skills makes him a player who has a lot to offer.

Originally recruited as a point guard by Dana Altman at the University of Oregon, the 19-year-old naturally fell into the wing position as his body matured, but he wasn’t your average one trick pony.

“It wasn’t really an option,” Brown said of the transition at the Draft Combine in Chicago. “It was more so because I grew, just a lot of size and stuff like that and playing with a lot of smaller guards. It hasn’t really been a problem for me.”

In his freshman year with the Ducks, Brown filled the stat sheet. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in over 31 minutes per game and finished third in the Pac-12 with 55 total steals.

Among his class across the NCAA, Brown was one of four players to put forth those averages in scoring, crashing the boards and dishing out passes. If you can’t tell, there’s more than one strong suit in his game and he feels the same way.

“I would just say being able to rebound at my size,” Brown said of what he best brings to the floor. “I feel like being able to push it and not having to kick it up to a guard. Being able to create fast breaks for my teammates and stuff like that and get guys open really helps a lot.”

Brown measured in close to 6-foot-7 and 208 pounds on the dot with over a 6-foot-10 wingspan, which ideally will make slot him as a three at the professional ranks. He’s a solid defender as well, though he’ll definitely need to put on more weight to match up with the bigger wings in the league.

That being said, he is absolutely capable of playing point forward and already has modeled his game after a mix of different guys in the NBA, including veterans and rookies who impact their teams on a nightly basis.

“I definitely grew up and watched Penny Hardaway a lot,” Brown said. “Ben Simmons is a really big guard—triple-double type of player, that’s how I feel like I am.

“Even the role players like Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston. Just big guards. Jayson Tatum, even though he played at the wing a little more, just a great mid-range game and post game.”

Most of those talents he mentioned have the all-around game, including a reliable perimeter presence. That’s where the biggest knock on him comes into play.

On over three attempts per game beyond the arc, Brown shot just a hair over 29 percent from three. As the game has become more and more driven on stretching the floor, that won’t cut it in the constantly evolving pro environment.

The numbers aren’t in his favor, but Brown believes his performance wasn’t indicative of his true ability with his jumper.

“I never felt like I couldn’t shoot before and I still don’t feel that way now,” Brown said. “I’m still very confident in my jump shot. Right now it’s just getting adjusted to the new three-point line, the NBA line. Once I get that locked down, I feel like I’ll be really good.”

If you’re familiar with the Oregon basketball tree and the league itself, there were a number of players who made the most of their opportunities this past year.

Jordan Bell is a fast up-and-coming forward for the Golden State Warriors. The Memphis Grizzlies got a gem in Dillon Brooks. Even Tyler Dorsey got a shot at significant minutes late in the season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Brown didn’t play with any of them, but admits he’s had conversations with Brooks about the entire pre-draft process, receiving “words of wisdom” whenever they’ve gotten the chance to talk.

As for his own expectations for year one in the NBA, Brown agreed that those types of roles are a good starting point and hopes to follow that path before bigger things come his way.

“Of course I want to be the best I can,” Brown said when asked about his goals. “I want to be the best player, but coming in as a rookie you have to really stick with yourself and know what teams you’re coming in and playing with and your role on the team.

“I feel like the more you perfect your role, the more minutes you’ll have. By doing that, I feel like I can climb up the board and become a starter.”

In order to do that, he’ll have to improve his consistency from game-to-game.

But make no mistake about it—Brown has the tools, the work ethic and the personality to become a potential first-round steal outside of the lottery.

And with a toolbox as deep as his, there’s no reason to believe Brown won’t achieve his aspirations.

“Ultimately I feel like because of my versatility on the court, I can do a lot of different things,” Brown said.

“It’s just playing with the ball in my hands I feel a lot more comfortable making plays for my teammates and making the right plays and playing the right way.”

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NBA Daily: The Restricted Free Agency Crapshoot

With free agency money scarce, restricted free agents may be impacted the most this summer, writes Lange Greene.

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The NBA playoffs are heating up as we approach the Finals, but there are other topics in the league simmering beneath the surface. The 2018 NBA Draft is less than a month away and the annual free agency period begins on July 1.

After rampant league wide spending the past two summers, free agency money won’t be as plentiful in 2018. The biggest group impacted will be players entering the land of restricted free agency. Extending an offer sheet to a restricted free agent is always tricky – especially at the beginning of the free agency period. In short, the offering team gives up their cap space while the player’s current team has time to decide whether or not to match the contract. If the current team does so, the offering team not only misses out on the player but also other free agents who are likely to come off the board during the waiting period.

For this reason most league executives are hesitant to dip their toes into the restricted free agency pond, especially if their cap space is limited in nature.

This summer there will be multiple players entering restricted free agency looking for significant pay bumps with an uncertain market for their respective skill set. The biggest question will be whether these guys ultimately find a deal to their liking or gamble on themselves and take the qualifying offer.

Taking the qualifying offer is a risky alternative. But it gives players an opportunity to showcase their skills in a contract year and enter unrestricted free agency the following summer.

Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel is the most recent example. The former lottery pick reportedly turned down a four-year, $70 million deal last summer and signed a one-year contract worth $4.2 million. Fast forward, Noel played in just 30 games this season, was suspended for five games for a positive drug test and also tore a ligament in his left thumb. Noel is far from done as he is under 25 years of age, but the one year gamble did not work in his favor and he will enter free agency this summer looking for another prove it type of contract as a consequence.

Today we’ll take a look at some players who may face the same decision as Noel did last summer. With limited cap space, will these players take the one-year qualifying offer or be able to secure a mega deal in free agency? Please note, we are excluding guys almost guaranteed to receive substantial deals this summer (i.e. Zach LaVine, Clint Capela, Jusuf Nurkic, etc.)

Marcus Smart, Guard, Boston Celtics

After signing All-Stars Al Horford and Gordon Hayward in free agency the past two summers, the Celtics aren’t projected to have cap space. But the team can match any offer for Smart. The question is whether president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will proactively retain arguably the team’s toughest defender or allow the market to set itself. Smart is a tough as nails competitor, but the Celtics will have decisions coming up in the next couple of years on Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier. Not to mention Horford, who has a player option for the 2020 season, can also elect to enter free agency next summer. What exactly is the market for a sub 40 percent shooter from the field (sub 30 percent from three-point range) and a player who has only played more than 70 regular season games once in four years?

Rodney Hood, Guard-Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

Hood was likely on his way to an eight figure per year salary, until he arrived in Cleveland. While with the Utah Jazz, Hood established himself as a double-digit scorer with high upside. However in 13 playoff games with the Cavaliers he is averaging 4.9 points on 42 percent shooting and 16 percent from three-point range. Hood has also been in and out of the rotation with an unfavorable plus-minus. Hood has upside but his market value has likely taken a hit entering free agency this summer.

Julius Randle, Forward, Los Angeles Lakers

Randle has increased his scoring and field goal percentage every season since entering the league. He is a traditional power forward and doesn’t shoot the three ball consistently, which limits his value in some circles. Randle is also seemingly the odd man out in Los Angeles if the team is able to secure two max level guys this summer with their cap space. This puts Randle in a holding pattern. But the second half of the regular season was very promisinmg as Randle put up 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game after the All-Star break.

Jabari Parker, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks

Parker was once considered the Bucks’ foundational building block. Yes, even more so than Giannis Antetokounmpo. Funny how a span of less than five years can change career trajectories. Parker has played in just 183 out of 328 regular season games since entering the league. 56 percent availability. He has displayed a knack for scoring, when healthy, but his role during the team’s playoff run this season was wildly inconsistent. Parker’s injury history is a red flag for potential suitors and the Bucks may opt to let Parker’s market value play out before issuing a mega deal this summer.

Dante Exum, Guard, Utah Jazz

Exum flashes potential, but he has also missed plenty of time due to injuries. Exum has appeared in just 162 out of a possible 328 regular season games since entering the league. Young guys can only get better when playing and Exum just hasn’t had the court time to warrant a significant pay increase without leveraging the risk associated with his injury history.

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NBA Daily: Zhaire Smith ready to take the next step in the NBA

Zhaire Smith is ready to prove his worth and he seeks to transition to the NBA.

Simon Hannig

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Zhaire Smith out of Texas Tech is a name that rises up on a lot of people’s draft boards this season with his stellar play, especially on the defensive end.

This past season, Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 assists per game. He also shot 55.6 percent from the field and 45 percent from three point range. Despite a strong performance this season, though, Smith has not been consistently appearing in NBA Mock Drafts until at least 2019.

He addressed it at the NBA’s Draft Combine in Chicago.

“Yeah, I didn’t know that,” Smith said of his seemingly low perceived value. “I really don’t pay attention to all that, but it is what it is.”

One of Smith’s biggest strengths that makes him an intriguing prospect for an NBA team is defense.

“Just being a little physical,” Smith said. “Not too physical where they can draw a foul on me, but just playing. Getting low. Just playing. Moving my feet.”

Smith had a highlight reel dunk vs. S.F. Austin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was one of those dunks you had to watch over and over again because you could not believe it. It came off of a pass from his teammate, Keenan Evans.

Although on play is rarely enough to get a player noticed, the play did exhibit Smith’s exceptional athleticism. Along with his defense, his ability to convert explosive finishes could also help his value among NBA teams and potentially help him end up in the league.

“Yeah. If it was a bad pass, I made it look good, but yeah,” Smith said of the dunk. “I just adjusted to it. It just happened. I didn’t even know that was what had happened.”

For players coming into the NBA, there is a bit of a learning curve—both with respect to surviving in the league and how to fit in with their particular team.

“I see myself fitting in probably rookie, first two years, just fitting in, doing good, being a solid role player,” Smith said. “And in a few years I can see myself as an All-Star.”

During his freshman year at Texas Tech, Smith played in all 37 games, including 21 starts. He holds a total points record as a freshman with 417 points. He also totaled 185 rebounds, 42 blocks and 42 steals. The 42 total blocks for a freshman were second in team history.

In terms of his numbers being more than “empty” production, on the season, Texas Tech was 19-8 when Smith scored 10 or more points. And during the team’s four-games March Madness run, he averaged 12.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, one block and one steal per game.

Although it’s early, Smith could end up being an “under the radar” type of prospect, similar to the Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell. To this point, he has been mostly renowned for his excellent defensive game, but his offensive game is respectable, even if it is still considered a work-in-progress.

As for whether he can be the “next” Donovan Mitchell, Smith didn’t shy away from the prospect.

“I think so,” he said. “…If I put in the work.”

For him, the process is just beginning. Hopefully, for his sake, his NBA journey is far from over.

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