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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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Cavs Woes Reason For Concern, But Not Dismissal

Spencer Davies takes a look at the Cavs’ issues and why we shouldn’t count them out just yet.

Spencer Davies



The Cleveland Cavaliers are the classic case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

When they’re on, they look like the defending three-time Eastern Conference Champions. When they’re off, they look like an old team that’s worn down and, at times, disinterested—and it gets ugly.

Take this past three weeks for example. After going on a tear of 18 wins in 19 games, the Cavs have dropped eight of 11 and are falling fast. Two of those three victories in that stretch were decided by four points or less against bottom-of-the-barrel teams in the East.

So what happened? For one, the schedule got significantly tougher. Beyond just the level of competition, Cleveland has been on the road for a long while. Nine of the games in this recent down period have been away games. The only time they’ve been home was for a quick second in mid-December and a short stay for New Years.

You’ve got to think about how that affects a psyche, not only from an on-court standpoint but also in regard to spending time with loved ones and family. LeBron James brought attention to his own homesickness on Christmas Day while he was in the Bay Area instead of in Northeast Ohio to celebrate the holidays. If it gets to him, you know it’s got to get to the other players as well. These guys are human beings with lives, and the rigors of travel can wear differently on people. Luckily for them, seven of their next nine games will be at Quicken Loans Arena.

With that being said, everybody in the NBA goes through it, so it’s no excuse for how flat the Cavs have been. Anybody on the team will tell you that, too. However, when you’re figuring out rotations and re-implementing players who had injuries, it’s not easy. This is exactly why nobody should envy Tyronn Lue.

He’s being asked to make room in his rotations and adjust on the fly as Cleveland gets guys back. When they went on that month-long run, the reason they had success was that the second unit really clicked. Dwyane Wade found his niche as the maestro of the bench bunch along with any mixture of Kyle Korver, Jeff Green, Cedi Osman, Channing Frye, and Jae Crowder. Lue had found the perfect group to spell LeBron James and company.

But then, Tristan Thompson came back and, with all due respect, it messed with their flow. The spacing is no longer there for Wade or Green to penetrate because the paint is clogged. It makes it easier on opposing defenses to just stick to Korver because there aren’t any other threatening shooters on the floor (besides Osman, maybe). Worst of all, the change basically kicked Frye—who has a plus-14 net rating, according to Cleaning The Glass—out of the rotation completely.

Deciding who plays and when is a tough job. Derrick Rose is set to come back soon. Iman Shumpert is coming along as well. Lue likes a 10-man rotation, but there are at least 12 players who deserve to be on that court. We already know Rose is expected to commandeer the second unit in Wade’s absence on back-to-backs. As for if Shumpert remains in Cleveland, who knows? It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on how this situation is managed moving forward.

Isaiah Thomas, on the other hand, is somebody the Cavs have been waiting on to return since the season started. Despite LeBron being LeBron and Kevin Love having as great of an offensive year as he’s ever had on the team, the starting unit lacks an extra punch. Thomas can be that shot in the arm, and he proved that in his debut at home against Portland and on the road in Orlando. There are two snags that both he and the team are going to hit before the 29-year-old returns to his All-Star form: 1) He’s got to get his legs under him to regain the consistency in his game and 2) His teammates are going to have to adjust to playing with him.

These are not easy things to do. Remember, aside from Jae Crowder, there is nobody on Cleveland’s roster that has played with Thomas before. Add in that he’s trying to re-discover his own game and that makes for a pretty bumpy road, at least out of the gate.

Start here—put Thompson in the starting lineup. As poor of a fit he’s been on the bench, he has shown promising signs of a developing chemistry with Thomas. It’s only been four games, but he loves having a partner in the pick-and-roll game. That’s clearly where you’ll get the most production out of him and how he can thrive. He’ll provide hustle, second chance opportunities, and a semi-decent big that can at least bother some of the competition’s drives to the basket. Sliding Love over to the four might change his game a little bit, but you can still get him going in the post before giving him chances as a shooter to work him outside-in.

The resulting effect helps the second unit as well. They’ll get one of either J.R. Smith or Crowder, depending on who would be relegated there. Both of those guys can use a spark to get them going. Because of Crowder’s familiarity with Thomas, let’s say Smith gets kicked out. Maybe that gets him out of the funk he’s in? It also allows for Frye, who hasn’t seen more than 20 minutes in a game since December 4, to get re-acclimated to a group he truly helped on both ends of the floor earlier in the year.

Outside of the need to make a move at the deadline, the Cavs can figure this out. It’s understood that they’re the fourth-worst defensive team in the NBA, but they’ve gone through these kinds of ruts at this time of year, specifically since LeBron came back. There might not be statistical evidence backing up the claim of any improvement, but the track record speaks for itself.

The panic button is being hit, but pump the brakes a bit. This isn’t anything new. The pieces are a little different and things look as bad as they ever have, but in the end, the result will likely be the same.

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NBA Daily: Zach LaVine Has Solid Debut With Bulls

Zach LaVine put together a solid performance for the Bulls in his first game back from injury.

James Blancarte



The Chicago Bulls are turning a corner this season. Zach LaVine is healthy after completing a year of rehabilitation from an ACL injury. LaVine’s return comes at a critical moment. The team is 13-7 over the last twenty games. Many of the wins in this stretch are over current competitors for a potential spot in the playoffs. This includes wins against the Charlotte Hornets (in overtime), the Philadelphia 76ers and three wins (one in overtime) against the New York Knicks. The stretch of winning ties into the return of forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic. Having these key players back and winning this many games recently has changed the dynamics of what had been shaping up to be a losing season.

LaVine played in his first game of the season on Saturday and hit three of four three-point baskets while scoring 14 points in 19 minutes played. LaVine described how he felt physically and about the team’s recent run.

“I thought I did pretty good. I was tired as hell at first. But, we got the win,” LaVine said. “We’re going to keep this thing going.”

The team went into this season having parted ways with their franchise player, Jimmy Butler, in a trade that was derided by many for being lopsided. The trade netted the Bulls LaVine, point guard Kris Dunn and the sixth pick in the 2017 draft in exchange for Butler and the number 16 pick. The trade also allowed Butler to be reunited with coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. For the Bulls, Dunn has greatly improved from the poor play of his rookie season in Minnesota. In addition, the Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen, whom has already displayed some serious talent and potential. Now with LaVine in the lineup, the Bulls can see the total value of the trade on the court.

So, where do the Bulls now stand? According to FiveThirtyEight, as of January 14, the Bulls are projected as having a three percent chance of making the playoffs with a projected record of 32-50. This is a jump from less than one percent (essentially zero percent) back on December 11, 2017. Still, three percent is not the most reassuring projection.

In addition, the recent shift to winning basketball also puts Chicago’s 2018 draft pick in a more precarious position. On December 6, 2017, the Bulls were 3-20 and were on pace to have one of the worst records in the league, if not the worst. Now every win moves the pick further away from a likely top three or even a potential number one pick and moves it closer to a top-10 selection or even middle of the first-round pick.

At the moment, the team is 16-27, good enough for 12th place in the Eastern Conference behind the Hornets, Knicks, 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. Being 6.5 games back and having seven more losses than the Bucks means the Bulls will need to continue winning at a high rate to make up the difference in the time left in the season.

LaVine didn’t hold back when it came to expressing his optimism regarding the team’s potential.

“I think we can make a push for this thing,” LaVine said. “That’s our job to do. That’s our job to do that,”

LaVine isn’t paying much attention to skeptics who still don’t believe the Bulls have much change to win anything meaningful this season.

“You know, we can’t control outside thoughts or anything,” LaVine said. “We’re ball players, we go out there and try to win every competition. You know, I think we’re good. I think we’re going to be good.”

In LaVine’s absence, Mirotic and Portis (despite their offseason scuffle) have emerged as two of the team’s best players. In addition, center Robin Lopez has done an admirable job keeping up his effort all season long while fulfilling his role as a veteran leader for the team. Lopez described the atmosphere on the team as positive recently in an interview with Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders.

Despite the reason for optimism, it must be noted that the franchise might make another big trade that would diminish the team’s ability to be competitive this season. Despite his recent on-court success, reports are that Mirotic would like to be traded and that the Bulls asking price is a first-round pick.

Until such a move occurs, the Bulls appear poised to maintain their recent rate of success. Every win could cost the Bulls what could be a top overall pick in 2018. Regardless, the Bulls are surely feeling better about the results of the Butler trade, especially after LaVine’s impressive Chicago debut.

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NBA Daily: Lopez’s Enjoys “Old Guy” Role on Young Team

Robin Lopez is the old man on a very young Chicago Bulls team, but he says the camaraderie is a big reason why he’s happy there, and why the team is overachieving so much this year.

Joel Brigham



When the Chicago Bulls started the season 3-20, nobody was surprised that they stunk. Everything was fine. They were supposed to stink. That was the entire reason they traded away Jimmy Butler for younger players in the first place. They wanted got their rebuild underway in earnest. (more…)

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