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2019 NBA Draft Early Entry List

175 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 58 international players have filed as early entry candidates for the 2019 NBA Draft

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NEW YORK, April 23, 2019 – The National Basketball Association announced today that 233 players — 175 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 58 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2019 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

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 10. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen who have entered the 2019 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 29.

Following is the list of players from colleges and other educational institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Player  School  Height  Status
Milan Acquaah  California Baptist  6-3  Sophomore
Bryce Aiken  Harvard  6-0  Junior
Nickeil Alexander-Walker  Virginia Tech  6-5  Sophomore
Al-Wajid Aminu  North Florida  6-7  Junior
Desmond Bane  TCU  6-5  Junior
RJ Barrett  Duke  6-7  Freshman
Charles Bassey  Western Kentucky  6-11  Freshman
Tyus Battle  Syracuse  6-6  Junior
Troy Baxter Jr.  FGCU  6-8  Sophomore
Darius Bazley  Princeton HS (OH)  6-9  Post-Graduate
Kerry Blackshear Jr.  Virginia Tech  6-10  Junior
Phil Bledsoe  Glenville State (WV)  6-6  Junior
Bol Bol  Oregon  7-2  Freshman
Marques Bolden  Duke  6-11  Junior
Jordan Bone  Tennessee  6-3  Junior
Ky Bowman  Boston College  6-1  Junior
DaQuan Bracey  Louisiana Tech  5-11  Junior
Keith Braxton  St. Francis (PA)  6-4  Junior
Ignas Brazdeikis  Michigan  6-7  Freshman
Oshae Brissett  Syracuse  6-8  Sophomore
Armoni Brooks  Houston  6-3  Junior
Charlie Brown Jr.  St. Joseph’s  6-7  Sophomore
Moses Brown  UCLA  7-1  Freshman
Nico Carvacho  Colorado State  6-11  Junior
Yoeli Childs  BYU  6-8  Junior
Brandon Clarke  Gonzaga  6-8  Junior
Nicolas Claxton  Georgia  6-11  Sophomore
Amir Coffey  Minnesota  6-8  Junior
RJ Cole  Howard  6-1  Sophomore
Tyler Cook  Iowa  6-9  Junior
Anthony Cowan Jr.  Maryland  6-0  Junior
Jarrett Culver  Texas Tech  6-5  Sophomore
Jarron Cumberland  Cincinnati  6-5  Junior
Caleb Daniels  Tulane  6-4  Sophomore
Tulio Da Silva  Missouri State  6-8  Junior
Aubrey Dawkins  UCF  6-6  Junior
Javin DeLaurier  Duke  6-10  Junior
Silvio De Sousa  Kansas  6-9  Sophomore
Mamadi Diakite  Virginia  6-9  Junior
Alpha Diallo  Providence  6-7  Junior
James Dickey  UNCG  6-10  Junior
David DiLeo  Central Michigan  6-7  Junior
Davon Dillard  Shaw (NC)  6-5  Junior
Luguentz Dort  Arizona State  6-4  Freshman
Devon Dotson  Kansas  6-2  Freshman
Jason Draggs  Lee College (TX)  6-9  Freshman
Aljami Durham  Indiana  6-4  Sophomore
Carsen Edwards  Purdue  6-1  Junior
CJ Elleby  Washington State  6-6  Freshman
Steven Enoch  Louisville  6-10  Junior
Bruno Fernando  Maryland  6-10  Sophomore
Jaylen Fisher  TCU  6-2  Junior
Savion Flagg  Texas A&M  6-7  Sophomore
Daniel Gafford  Arkansas  6-11  Sophomore
Darius Garland  Vanderbilt  6-2  Freshman
Eugene German  Northern Illinois  6-0  Junior
TJ Gibbs  Notre Dame  6-3  Junior
Quentin Goodin  Xavier  6-4  Junior
Tony Goodwin II  Redemption Christian Academy (MA)  6-6  Post-Graduate
Kellan Grady  Davidson  6-5  Sophomore
Devonte Green  Indiana  6-3  Junior
Quentin Grimes  Kansas  6-5  Freshman
Jon Axel Gudmundsson  Davidson  6-4  Junior
Kyle Guy  Virginia  6-2  Junior
Rui Hachimura  Gonzaga  6-8  Junior
Jaylen Hands  UCLA  6-3  Sophomore
Jerrick Harding  Weber State  6-1  Junior
Jared Harper  Auburn  5-11  Junior
Kevon Harris  Stephen F. Austin  6-6  Junior
Jaxson Hayes  Texas  6-11  Freshman
Dewan Hernandez  Miami  6-11  Junior
Tyler Herro  Kentucky  6-5  Freshman
Amir Hinton  Shaw (NC)  6-5  Junior
Jaylen Hoard  Wake Forest  6-8  Freshman
Daulton Hommes  Point Loma Nazarene (CA)  6-8  Junior
Talen Horton-Tucker  Iowa State  6-4  Freshman
De’Andre Hunter  Virginia  6-7  Sophomore
Ty Jerome  Virginia  6-5  Junior
Jayce Johnson  Utah  7-0  Junior
Keldon Johnson  Kentucky  6-6  Freshman
Markell Johnson  North Carolina State  6-1  Junior
Tyrique Jones  Xavier  6-9  Junior
Mfiondu Kabengele  Florida State  6-10  Sophomore
Sacha Killeya-Jones  NC State  6-11  Junior
Louis King  Oregon  6-9  Freshman
V.J. King  Louisville  6-6  Junior
Nathan Knight  William & Mary  6-10  Junior
Sagaba Konate  West Virginia  6-8  Junior
Martin Krampelj  Creighton  6-9  Junior
Romeo Langford  Indiana  6-6  Freshman
Cameron Lard  Iowa State  6-9  Sophomore
A.J. Lawson  South Carolina  6-6  Freshman
Dedric Lawson  Kansas  6-9  Junior
Jalen Lecque  Brewster Academy (NH)  6-3  Post-Graduate
Jacob Ledoux  Texas-Permian Basin  6-3  Junior
Nassir Little  North Carolina  6-6  Freshman
Tevin Mack  Alabama  6-6  Junior
Malik Maitland  Bethune-Cookman  5-9  Guard
Trevor Manuel  Olivet (MI)  6-9  Junior
Jermaine Marrow  Hampton  6-0  Junior
Naji Marshall  Xavier  6-7  Sophomore
Charles Matthews  Michigan  6-6  Junior
Skylar Mays  LSU  6-4  Junior
Jalen McDaniels  San Diego State  6-10  Sophomore
Davion Mintz  Creighton  6-3  Junior
EJ Montgomery  Kentucky  6-10  Freshman
Ja Morant  Murray State  6-3  Sophomore
Andrew Nembhard  Florida  6-5  Freshman
Kouat Noi  TCU  6-7  Sophomore
Zach Norvell Jr.  Gonzaga  6-5  Sophomore
Jaylen Nowell  Washington  6-4  Sophomore
Joel Ntambwe  UNLV  6-9  Freshman
Jordan Nwora  Louisville  6-8  Sophomore
Chuma Okeke  Auburn  6-8  Sophomore
KZ Okpala  Stanford  6-9  Sophomore
Miye Oni  Yale  6-6  Junior
Devonte Patterson  Prairie View A&M  6-7  Junior
Reggie Perry  Mississippi State  6-10  Freshman
Lamar Peters  Mississippi State  6-0  Junior
Filip Petrusev  Gonzaga  6-11  Freshman
Jalen Pickett  Siena  6-4  Freshman
Shamorie Ponds  St. John’s  6-1  Junior
Jordan Poole  Michigan  6-5  Sophomore
Cletrell Pope  Bethune-Cookman  6-9  Junior
Nik Popovic  Boston College  6-11  Junior
Jontay Porter  Missouri  6-11  Sophomore
Kevin Porter Jr.  USC  6-6  Freshman
Myles Powell  Seton Hall  6-2  Junior
Payton Pritchard  Oregon  6-2  Junior
Neemias Queta  Utah State  6-11  Freshman
Brandon Randolph  Arizona  6-6  Sophomore
Cam Reddish  Duke  6-8  Freshman
Isaiah Reese  Canisius  6-5  Junior
Naz Reid  LSU  6-10  Freshman
Nick Richards  Kentucky  6-11  Sophomore
LaQuincy Rideau  South Florida  6-1  Junior
Austin Robinson  Kentucky Christian  6-2  Sophomore
Isaiah Roby  Nebraska  6-8  Junior
Ayinde Russell  Morehouse  6-3  Junior
Kevin Samuel  TCU  6-11  Freshman
Paul Scruggs  Xavier  6-3  Sophomore
Samir Sehic  Tulane  6-9  Junior
Josh Sharkey  Samford  5-10  Junior
Simisola Shittu  Vanderbilt  6-10  Freshman
Nike Sibande  Miami (OH)  6-4  Sophomore
Justin Simon  St. John’s  6-5  Junior
D’Marcus Simonds  Georgia State  6-3  Junior
Ja’Vonte Smart  LSU  6-4  Freshman
Justin Smith  Indiana  6-7  Sophomore
Derrik Smits  Valparaiso  7-1  Junior
Lamar Stevens  Penn State  6-8  Junior
Jalen Sykes  St. Clair College (Canada)  6-5  Junior
Marlon Taylor  LSU  6-6  Junior
Ethan Thompson  Oregon State  6-5  Sophomore
Killian Tillie  Gonzaga  6-10  Junior
Donnie Tillman  Utah  6-7  Sophomore
Tres Tinkle  Oregon State  6-8  Junior
Obi Toppin  Dayton  6-9  Freshman
Rayjon Tucker  Arkansas-Little Rock  6-5  Junior
Justin Turner  Bowling Green  6-4  Sophomore
Nick Ward  Michigan State  6-8  Junior
PJ Washington Jr.  Kentucky  6-8  Sophomore
Tremont Waters  LSU  5-11  Sophomore
Kaleb Wesson  Ohio State  6-9  Sophomore
Coby White  North Carolina  6-5  Freshman
Jimmy Whitt Jr.  SMU  6-3  Junior
Joe Wieskamp  Iowa  6-6  Freshman
Lindell Wigginton  Iowa State  6-2  Sophomore
Kris Wilkes  UCLA  6-8  Sophomore
Charles Williams  Howard  6-6  Junior
Emmitt Williams  LSU  6-7  Freshman
Grant Williams  Tennessee  6-7  Junior
Zion Williamson  Duke  6-7  Freshman
Holland Woods II  Portland State  6-0  Sophomore
Kenny Wooten  Oregon  6-9  Sophomore

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft:

Player  Team/Country of Team  Height  Status
Dikembe Andre  Paulistano (Brazil)  6-9  1999 DOB
Darko Bajo  Cedevita (Croatia)  6-10  1999 DOB
Aleksander Balcerowski  Gran Canaria (Spain)  7-1  2000 DOB
Goga Bitadze  Buducnost (Montenegro)  7-0  1999 DOB
Vrenz Bleijenbergh  Antwerp (Belgium)  6-9  2000 DOB
Adrian Bogucki  Radom (Poland)  7-1  1999 DOB
Leandro Bolmaro  Barcelona (Spain)  6-6  2000 DOB
Ognjen Carapic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-4  1998 DOB
Leo Cizmic  Girona (Spain)  6-8  1998 DOB
Digue Diawara  Pau Orthez (France)  6-9  1998 DOB
Nenad Dimitrijevic  Joventut (Spain)  6-1  1998 DOB
Felipe Dos Anjos  Melilla (Spain)  7-2  1998 DOB
Yago Dos Santos  Paulistano (Brazil)  5-10  1999 DOB
Sekou Doumbouya  Limoges (France)  6-8  2000 DOB
Henri Drell  Baunach (Germany)  6-9  2000 DOB
Paul Eboua  Roseto (Italy)  6-8  2000 DOB
Osas Ehigiator  Fuenlabrada (Spain)  6-10  1999 DOB
Biram Faye  Avila (Spain)  6-9  2000 DOB
Ivan Fevrier  Levallois (France)  6-9  1999 DOB
Aleix Font  Barcelona (Spain)  6-4  1998 DOB
Philipp Herkenhoff  Vechta (Germany)  6-10  1999 DOB
Dalibor Ilic  Igokea (Bosnia)  6-8  2000 DOB
Matas Jogela  Dzukija (Lithuania)  6-6  1998 DOB
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis  Holargos (Greece)  6-6  1999 DOB
Mate Kalajzic  Split (Croatia)  6-2  1998 DOB
Lukasz Kolenda  Trefl Sopot (Poland)  6-5  1999 DOB
Marcos Louzada Silva  Franca (Brazil)  6-5  1999 DOB
Andrija Marjanovic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-8  1999 DOB
Gytis Masiulis  Neptunas (Lithuania)  6-9  1998 DOB
Jonas Mattisseck  Alba Berlin (Germany)  6-5  2000 DOB
William McDowell-White  Baunach (Germany)  6-5  1998 DOB
Nikita Mikhailovskii  Avtodor (Russia)  6-6  2000 DOB
Nikola Miskovic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-10  1999 DOB
Adam Mokoka  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-5  1998 DOB
Muhaymin Mustafa  Tofas (Turkey)  6-5  1999 DOB
Toni Nakic  Sibenik (Croatia)  6-8  1999 DOB
Abdoulaye N’Doye  Cholet (France)  6-7  1998 DOB
Tanor Ngom  Ryerson (Canada)  7-2  1998 DOB
Joshua Obiesie  Wurzburg (Germany)  6-6  2000 DOB
David Okeke  Fiat Torino (Italy)  6-8  1998 DOB
Louis Olinde  Brose Baskets (Germany)  6-9  1998 DOB
Zoran Paunovic  FMP (Serbia)  6-7  2000 DOB
Dino Radoncic  Murcia (Spain)  6-8  1999 DOB
Sander Raieste  Baskonia (Spain)  6-8  1999 DOB
Neal Sako  Levallois (France)  6-10  1998 DOB
Luka Samanic  Olimpija (Slovenia)  6-10  2000 DOB
Tadas Sedekerskis  Baskonia (Spain)  6-8  1998 DOB
Njegos Sikiras  Tormes (Spain)  6-9  1999 DOB
Borisa Simanic  Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)  6-11  1998 DOB
Deividas Sirvydis  Rytas (Lithuania)  6-7  2000 DOB
Khadim Sow  ASVEL (France)  6-11  1999 DOB
Filip Stanic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-10  1998 DOB
Michael Uchendu  Coruna (Spain)  6-10  1998 DOB
Bastien Vautier  Nancy (France)  6-11  1998 DOB
Arnas Velicka  Tartu Ulikool (Estonia)  6-4  1999 DOB
Warren Woghiren  Cholet (France)  6-10  1998 DOB
Arturs Zagars  Joventut (Spain)  6-3  2000 DOB
Yovel Zoosman  Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)  6-7  1998 DOB

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Steve Kyler is the Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA and basketball for the last 17 seasons.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft – First Round – 08/21/2020

The 2020 NBA Draft order is now locked in, however, there are tons of additional questions to be answered in the coming weeks. Here is a look at the first round, in this Basketball Insiders Mock Draft.

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There is a growing sense that the NBA and the players are going to push back the start of the next cap year, which will likely impact when and how the NBA Draft plays out.

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NBA ANNOUNCES EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2020 NBA DRAFT

The National Basketball Association announced today that 205 players — 163 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 42 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2020 NBA Draft

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NEW YORK, April 28, 2020 – The National Basketball Association announced today that 205 players — 163 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 42 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2020 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

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 10 days prior to the 2020 NBA Draft.

Following is the list of players from colleges and other educational institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2020 NBA Draft.

EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2020 NBA DRAFT

Player

School

Height

Status

Precious Achiuwa

Memphis

6-9

Freshman

Milan Acquaah

California Baptist

6-3

Junior

Jordyn Adams

Austin Peay

6-3

Freshman

Abdul Ado

Mississippi State

6-11

Junior

Ty-Shon Alexander

Creighton

6-4

Junior

Timmy Allen

Utah

6-6

Sophomore

Derrick Alston Jr.

Boise State

6-9

Junior

Cole Anthony

North Carolina

6-3

Freshman

Joel Ayayi

Gonzaga

6-5

Sophomore

Brendan Bailey

Marquette

6-8

Sophomore

Saddiq Bey

Villanova

6-8

Sophomore

Tyler Bey

Colorado

6-7

Junior

Jermaine Bishop

Norfolk State

6-1

Junior

Jomaru Brown

Eastern Kentucky

6-2

Sophomore

Marcus Burk

IUPUI

6-3

Junior

Dachon Burke Jr.

Nebraska

6-4

Junior

Jordan Burns

Colgate

6-0

Junior

Jared Butler

Baylor

6-3

Sophomore

Manny Camper

Siena

6-7

Junior

Vernon Carey Jr.

Duke

6-10

Freshman

Marcus Carr

Minnesota

6-2

Sophomore

Tamenang Choh

Brown

6-5

Junior

Kofi Cockburn

Illinois

7-0

Freshman

David Collins

South Florida

6-3

Junior

Zach Cooks

NJIT

5-9

Junior

Jalen Crutcher

Dayton

6-1

Junior

Ryan Daly

St. Joseph’s

6-5

Junior

Nate Darling

Delaware

6-5

Junior

Darius Days

LSU

6-6

Sophomore

Dexter Dennis

Wichita State

6-5

Sophomore

Lamine Diane

CSUN

6-7

Sophomore

Ayo Dosunmu

Illinois

6-5

Sophomore

Devon Dotson

Kansas

6-2

Sophomore

Nojel Eastern

Purdue

6-7

Junior

Anthony Edwards

Georgia

6-5

Freshman

CJ Elleby

Washington State

6-6

Sophomore

Mason Faulkner

Western Carolina

6-1

Junior

LJ Figueroa

St. John’s

6-6

Junior

Malik Fitts

St. Mary’s

6-8

Junior

Malachi Flynn

San Diego State

6-1

Junior

Blake Francis

Richmond

6-0

Junior

Hasahn French

St. Louis

6-7

Junior

DJ Funderburk

NC State

6-10

Junior

Both Gach

Utah

6-6

Sophomore

Alonzo Gaffney

Ohio State

6-9

Freshman

Luka Garza

Iowa

6-11

Junior

Jacob Gilyard

Richmond

5-9

Junior

Grant Golden

Richmond

6-10

Junior

Jordan Goodwin

St. Louis

6-3

Junior

Tony Goodwin II

Redemption Academy (MA)

6-6

Post-Graduate

Jayvon Graves

Buffalo

6-3

Junior

AJ Green

Northern Iowa

6-4

Sophomore

Darin Green Jr.

UCF

6-4

Freshman

Josh Green

Arizona

6-6

Freshman

Ashton Hagans

Kentucky

6-3

Sophomore

Tyrese Haliburton

Iowa State

6-5

Sophomore

Josh Hall

Moravian Prep (NC)

6-8

Post-Graduate

Rayshaun Hammonds

Georgia

6-9

Junior

Jalen Harris

Nevada

6-5

Junior

Niven Hart

Fresno State

6-5

Freshman

Aaron Henry

Michigan State

6-6

Sophomore

Jalen Hill

UCLA

6-10

Sophomore

Nate Hinton

Houston

6-5

Sophomore

Jay Huff

Virginia

7-1

Junior

Elijah Hughes

Syracuse

6-6

Junior

Feron Hunt

SMU

6-8

Sophomore

Chance Hunter

Long Beach State

6-6

Sophomore

DeJon Jarreau

Houston

6-5

Junior

Damien Jefferson

Creighton

6-5

Junior

Isaiah Joe

Arkansas

6-5

Sophomore

Dakari Johnson

Cape Fear CC (NC)

6-0

Freshman

Jalen Johnson

Louisiana

6-7

Junior

Andre Jones

Nicholls State

6-4

Junior

C.J. Jones

MTSU

6-5

Junior

Herbert Jones

Alabama

6-7

Junior

Mason Jones

Arkansas

6-5

Junior

Tre Jones

Duke

6-3

Sophomore

Corey Kispert

Gonzaga

6-7

Junior

Kameron Langley

NC A&T

6-2

Junior

AJ Lawson

South Carolina

6-6

Sophomore

Saben Lee

Vanderbilt

6-2

Junior

Kira Lewis Jr.

Alabama

6-3

Sophomore

Matt Lewis

James Madison

6-5

Junior

Isaiah Livers

Michigan

6-7

Junior

Denzel Mahoney

Creighton

6-5

Junior

Makur Maker

Pacific Academy (CA)

7-0

Post-Graduate

Sandro Mamukelashvili

Seton Hall

6-11

Junior

Tre Mann

Florida

6-4

Freshman

Nico Mannion

Arizona

6-3

Freshman

Naji Marshall

Xavier

6-7

Junior

Kenyon Martin Jr.

IMG Academy (FL)

6-7

Post-Graduate

Remy Martin

Arizona State

6-0

Junior

Tyrese Maxey

Kentucky

6-3

Freshman

Mac McClung

Georgetown

6-2

Sophomore

Jaden McDaniels

Washington

6-9

Freshman

Isiaha Mike

SMU

6-8

Junior

Isaiah Miller

UNCG

6-0

Junior

Matt Mitchell

San Diego State

6-6

Junior

EJ Montgomery

Kentucky

6-10

Sophomore

Andrew Nembhard

Florida

6-5

Sophomore

Aaron Nesmith

Vanderbilt

6-6

Sophomore

Zeke Nnaji

Arizona

6-11

Freshman

Obadiah Noel

Massachusetts-Lowell

6-4

Junior

Jordan Nwora

Louisville

6-7

Junior

Onyeka Okongwu

USC

6-9

Freshman

Isaac Okoro

Auburn

6-6

Freshman

Elijah Olaniyi

Stony Brook

6-5

Junior

Daniel Oturu

Minnesota

6-10

Sophomore

Reggie Perry

Mississippi State

6-10

Sophomore

Filip Petrusev

Gonzaga

6-11

Sophomore

John Petty Jr.

Alabama

6-5

Junior

Nate Pierre-Louis

Temple

6-4

Junior

Xavier Pinson

Missouri

6-2

Sophomore

Yves Pons

Tennessee

6-6

Junior

Immanuel Quickley

Kentucky

6-3

Sophomore

Darius Quisenberry

Youngstown State

6-1

Sophomore

Jahmi’us Ramsey

Texas Tech

6-4

Freshman

Paul Reed Jr.

DePaul

6-9

Junior

Nick Richards

Kentucky

6-11

Junior

Colbey Ross

Pepperdine

6-1

Junior

Fatts Russell

Rhode Island

5-10

Junior

Joe Saterfield

Ranger CC (TX)

6-4

Freshman

Jayden Scrubb

John A. Logan College (IL)

6-6

Sophomore

Aamir Simms

Clemson

6-9

Junior

Ja’Vonte Smart

LSU

6-4

Sophomore

Chris Smith

UCLA

6-9

Junior

Collin Smith

UCF

6-11

Junior

Jalen Smith

Maryland

6-10

Sophomore

Justin Smith

Indiana

6-7

Junior

Mitchell Smith

Missouri

6-10

Junior

Stef Smith

Vermont

6-1

Junior

Ben Stanley

Hampton

6-6

Sophomore

Cassius Stanley

Duke

6-6

Freshman

Isaiah Stewart

Washington

6-9

Freshman

Parker Stewart

UT-Martin

6-5

Sophomore

Terry Taylor

Austin Peay

6-5

Junior

MaCio Teague

Baylor

6-3

Junior

Tyrell Terry

Stanford

6-1

Freshman

Justin Thomas

Morehead State

5-11

Junior

Ethan Thompson

Oregon State

6-5

Junior

Xavier Tillman Sr.

Michigan State

6-8

Junior

Jeremiah Tilmon

Missouri

6-10

Junior

Obi Toppin

Dayton

6-9

Sophomore

Jordan Tucker

Butler

6-7

Junior

Devin Vassell

Florida State

6-6

Sophomore

Alonzo Verge Jr.

Arizona State

6-3

Junior

Chris Vogt

Cincinnati

7-1

Junior

CJ Walker

Ohio State

6-1

Junior

Trendon Watford

LSU

6-9

Freshman

Ibi Watson

Dayton

6-5

Junior

Nick Weatherspoon

Mississippi State

6-2

Junior

Kaleb Wesson

Ohio State

6-9

Junior

Jarrod West

Marshall

5-11

Junior

Romello White

Arizona State

6-8

Junior

Kahlil Whitney

Kentucky

6-6

Freshman

DeAndre Williams

Evansville

6-9

Sophomore

Emmitt Williams

LSU

6-6

Sophomore

Keith Williams

Cincinnati

6-5

Junior

Patrick Williams

Florida State

6-8

Freshman

James Wiseman

Memphis

7-1

Freshman

Robert Woodard II

Mississippi State

6-7

Sophomore

McKinley Wright IV

Colorado

6-0

Junior

Omer Yurtseven

Georgetown

7-0

Junior

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2020 NBA Draft:

Player

Team/Country of Team

Height

Status

Berke Atar

MZT Skopje (Macedonia)

6-11

1999 DOB

Deni Avdija

Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

6-8

2001 DOB

Brancou Badio

Barcelona (Spain)

6-3

1999 DOB

Darko Bajo

Split (Croatia)

6-10

1999 DOB

Philippe Bayehe

Roseto (Italy)

6-9

1999 DOB

Marek Blazevic

Rytas (Lithuania)

6-10

2001 DOB

Adrian Bogucki

Radom (Poland)

7-1

1999 DOB

Leandro Bolmaro

Barcelona (Spain)

6-6

2000 DOB

Vinicius Da Silva

Prat (Spain)

7-0

2001 DOB

Henri Drell

Pesaro (Italy)

6-9

2000 DOB

Imru Duke

Zentro Basket (Spain)

6-8

1999 DOB

Michele Ebeling

Kleb Ferrara (Italy)

6-9

1999 DOB

Paul Eboua

Pesaro (Italy)

6-8

2000 DOB

Osas Ehigiator

Fuenlabrada (Spain)

6-10

1999 DOB

Joel Ekamba

Limoges (France)

6-5

2001 DOB

Selim Fofana

Neuchatel (Switzerland)

6-3

1999 DOB

Miguel Gonzalez

Baskonia (Spain)

6-7

1999 DOB

Killian Hayes

Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)

6-5

2001 DOB

Sehmus Hazer

Bandirma (Turkey)

6-3

1999 DOB

Rokas Jokubaitis

Zalgiris (Lithuania)

6-4

2000 DOB

Georgios Kalaitzakis

Nevezis (Lithuania)

6-8

1999 DOB

Vit Krejci

Zaragoza (Spain)

6-8

2000 DOB

Arturs Kurucs

VEF Riga (Latvia)

6-3

2000 DOB

Dut Mabor

Roseto (Italy)

7-1

2001 DOB

Yam Madar

Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

6-2

2000 DOB

Theo Maledon

ASVEL (France)

6-4

2001 DOB

Karim Mane

Vanier (Canada)

6-5

2000 DOB

Sergi Martinez

Barcelona (Spain)

6-8

1999 DOB

Nikola Miskovic

Mega Bemax (Serbia)

6-10

1999 DOB

Aristide Mouaha

Roseto (Italy)

6-3

2000 DOB

Caio Pacheco

Bahia Basket (Argentina)

6-3

1999 DOB

Joel Parra

Joventut (Spain)

6-8

2000 DOB

Aleksej Pokusevski

Olympiacos (Greece)

7-0

2001 DOB

Sander Raieste

Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)

6-9

1999 DOB

Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

AEK (Greece)

6-8

2001 DOB

Yigitcan Saybir

Anadolu Efes (Turkey)

6-7

1999 DOB

Njegos Sikiras

Fuenlabrada (Spain)

6-9

1999 DOB

Marko Simonovic

Mega Bemax (Serbia)

6-11

1999 DOB

Mouhamed Thiam

Nanterre (France)

6-9

2001 DOB

Uros Trifunovic

Partizan (Serbia)

6-7

2000 DOB

Arnas Velicka

Prienai (Lithuania)

6-4

1999 DOB

Andrii Voinalovych

Khimik (Ukraine)

6-10

1999 DOB

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NBA Daily: Biggest Winners On Draft Night

With another year in the books, Ben Nadeau looks at the 2019 NBA Draft’s biggest winners — go get that money, Cam!

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As usual, chaos reigned supreme during Thursday’s NBA Draft, an annual tradition like no other. Spearheaded by pre-draft trades involving Anthony Davis, Mike Conley Jr. and a number of smaller-sided deals, a rambunctious amount of league-wide movement went down in Brooklyn this week. After the all-but-announced business involving Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett had been decided, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Pheonix Suns helped to push the draft into an early frenzy — so, from there on out, matters only continued to rise. The New Orleans Pelicans used their freshly-replenished haul of draft picks to add even more depth to a young, athletic roster, while multiple surprises kept much of first 30 choices shrouded in mystery.

But when the dust settled at the Barclays Center, a few teams had notably come out on top. Whether by sticking to their front office guns or just simply reading the room, there can be no doubt that these franchises bettered themselves for both the present and the oncoming future.

New Orleans Pelicans

Now That’s What I Call Rebuilding A Franchise, Vol. 19! David Griffin, the recently-hired Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Pelicans, has absolutely smashed his opening months in charge. Anthony Davis’ trade deadline value had been torpedoed by that infamous public trade request — and doubled-down upon in June by Rich Paul’s insistence that his client would end up in Los Angeles — but that didn’t stop Griffin from squeezing every possible ounce of profit from the desperate Lakers. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram were quality centerpieces, but Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker will factor in for years to come too. Naturally, that list doesn’t even include the trove of future draft picks that they received too

Billy King, unofficially, you are off the hook.

If that weren’t enough, Griffin also ditched the final year of Solomon Hill’s contract, a move that’ll put the Pelicans in prime position to chase a key free agent. For a franchise that looked stuck between a rock and hard place four months ago, it’s far more likely that New Orleans reaches the playoffs instead of the lottery next season. In short, even if the Pelicans weren’t your secret second favorite team, they probably are now.

Cleveland Cavaliers

There were no insane deals for Cleveland this year, nor did they have to worry about placating a nearly decided-upon LeBron James either. Now firmly entrenched in year two of their unanticipated rebuild, a palpable shape is starting to take form for the Cavaliers. Sure, Darius Garland and Collin Sexton play the same position — but that’s something for John Beilein, Cleveland’s shiny, new hire at head coach — to figure out. Joined by the excellent 1-2 scoring punch of Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. to finish out the night, the Cavaliers snagged plenty of ceilingless shooting potential. Although they’re likely to see at least one more lottery appearance, there’s plenty to be excited about in the Midwest — with or without a deep postseason run ahead of them.

Brooklyn Nets

Since Sean Marks was hired as the Nets’ general manager, he’s drafted exceptionally well — particularly for a franchise that didn’t hold their own first round pick for half a decade. Caris LeVert (No. 20), Jarrett Allen (No. 22) and Rodions Kurucs (No. 40) all seem like tent-pole contributors for Brooklyn — so the Nets, who once had two first-rounders in 2019, believe it or not, traded both of them away. With the Kyrie Irving gaining serious steam lately, Marks and the front office needed to keep the roster lean for a second max free agent — unfortunately, that came at the expense of those pesky guaranteed first-round deals. Brooklyn didn’t come away empty-handed, however, as the green room-invited Nic Claxton and late-round draftee Jaylen Hands are intriguing in their own ways — but their biggest prize remains that flexibility.

If the league has learned anything over the last four years, it should be that the Nets don’t willingly toss aside draft picks, especially with their sturdy track record. Whether or not Brooklyn lands some combination of Kevin Durant or Irving in July remains to be seen — but this marked a warning shot to the other 29 franchises: The Nets are back.

Atlanta Hawks

While the Luka Dončić-Trae Young debate is set to rage on until the end of time, it’s safe to say that the Hawks have crucially navigated their rebuild nonetheless. Flipping Nos. 8 and 17 — the former coming via the Allen Crabbe deal — with New Orleans to move up for De’Andre Hunter was shrewd business, but using the No. 10 overall selection, the extra asset from the aforementioned Mavericks trade, to collect Cam Reddish might be the cherry on top. Very suddenly, the Hawks have collected an entirely new starting five in just under three years. Additionally armed with Kevin Heurter, John Collins and Young — three of the league’s brightest breakout stars in 2018-19 — that core, somehow, got even better.

At No. 4, Hunter is a versatile, two-way standout that’ll protect Young on defense and shoulder some offensive millage for Heurter as well. In an alternative collegiate dimension, Reddish could’ve been a bonafide star — instead, he falls perfectly into the lap of Atlanta. Any franchise thinking about hitting the reset button should carefully study the Hawks — it’s early, but the signs are extremely positive.

New York Knicks

The Knicks are included on this list of winners precisely for Not Messing That Up™ — at long last, RJ Barrett is the new king of New York. Throughout the springtime, Barrett was merely considered a consolation prize compared to the real-deal main courses in Zion Williamson and Ja Morant — same, consequently, for whichever team ended up at No. 3 overall. Even if that many-times-rebuffed draft narrative comes true, Barrett was still the easy call for the Knicks to make. As if a sight for sore eyes, New York-area fans actually celebrated their latest first-round selection — a facet that hasn’t happened frequently as of late. But for everybody else, it was just refreshing not to see the always-struggling franchise not outthink itself for once.

The former Blue Devil averaged 22.6 points and 7.6 rebounds on 52.9 percent from the field and, in all likelihood, this will be his team from day one.  Now paired with Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Dennis Smith Jr., the newly-drafted Barrett and the Knicks may finally be on the path to something bigger and brighter.

Cameron Johnson

One of the most-puzzling moves of the night came at the expense of the Phoenix Suns, a team so badly in need of above-average defense that they moved down from No. 6 to No. 11 in exchange for Dario Saric. To slightly compound matters, the Suns then grabbed Cameron Johnson, an excellent shooter that was projected as a mid-to-late pick in the first round. Pundits have since crushed the choice — Jarrett Culver, a solid two-way player, slid to their original selection — but the Suns clearly saw something they loved in Johnson.

All that aside, the former Tar Heel just got much, much richer on behalf of the Suns.

If Johnson had fallen a little closer to his mocked-out range — let’s say to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 24 overall, just as an example — his initial salary would’ve been a paltry downgrade. Of course, salary cap numbers differ year-to-year but the Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons went No. 24 in 2018 and was paid about $1.8 million during his rookie season. Simons will earn $2.1 million in 2019-20, plus $2.2 and $3.9 million over the following two years should Portland continue to pick up his team options ahead of restricted free agency.

So, across his first four NBA seasons, Simons will earn roughly $10.2 million — whereas Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, last year’s No. 11 overall pick, will take home close to $17 million on the same type of structured deal. For a 23-year-old like Johnson that was supposed to land closer to the second round than the lottery a week ago, that’s a significant financial windfall. Even if he doesn’t end up proving all his doubters wrong, he will, at the very least, be paid far more handsomely for his efforts.

From franchises that are looking to stockpile talented youngsters to those readying themselves for the hectic free agency period, most did fairly well during the 2019 NBA Draft. But in this world, there are always winners and losers — and, in this iteration, Cameron Johnson may be the biggest victor of them all.

So congratulations to Johnson on the major pay raise and best wishes to the rest of this promising class as well — October can’t come soon enough.

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