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73 Early Entry Players Withdraw From 2017 NBA Draft

Seventy-three players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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NEW YORK, May 25, 2017 – Seventy-three players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 12, 2017, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The following 73 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2017 NBA Draft:

Player School  Status
Shaqquan Aaron USC Sophomore
Jaylen Adams St. Bonaventure Junior
Deng Adel Louisville Sophomore
Jashaun Agosto LIU Freshman
Bashir Ahmed St. John’s Junior
Rawle Alkins Arizona Freshman
Mark Alstork Wright State Junior
Jaylen Barford Arkansas Junior
Trae Bell-Haynes Vermont Junior
Joel Berry II North Carolina Junior
Trevon Bluiett Xavier Junior
Bennie Boatwright USC Sophomore
Jacobi Boykins Louisiana Tech Junior
Rodney Bullock Providence Junior
Jevon Carter West Virginia Junior
Joseph Chartouny Fordham Sophomore
Donte Clark Massachusetts Junior
Chris Clemons Campbell Sophomore
David Collette Utah Junior
Angel Delgado Seton Hall Junior
Hamidou Diallo Kentucky Freshman
Vince Edwards Purdue Junior
John Egbunu Florida Junior
Jon Elmore Marshall Junior
Obi Enechionyia Temple Junior
Drew Eubanks Oregon State Sophomore
Tacko Fall Central Florida Sophomore
Brandon Goodwin FGCU Junior
Donte Grantham Clemson Junior
Isaac Haas Purdue Junior
Aaron Holiday UCLA Sophomore
Chandler Hutchison Boise State Junior
Justin Jackson Maryland Freshman
Alize Johnson Missouri State Junior
B.J. Johnson La Salle Junior
Robert Johnson Indiana Junior
Andrew Jones Texas Freshman
Kerem Kanter Green Bay Junior
Braxton Key Alabama Freshman
George King Colorado Junior
Khadeem Lattin Oklahoma Junior
William Lee UAB Junior
Zach Lofton Texas Southern Junior
Daryl Macon Arkansas Junior
Marin Maric Northern Illinois Junior
Yante Maten Georgia Junior
Markis McDuffie Wichita State Sophomore
MiKyle McIntosh Illinois State Junior
Matthew Morgan Cornell Sophomore
Shaquille Morris Wichita State Junior
Svi Mykhailiuk Kansas Junior
Divine Myles Stetson Junior
Derick Newton Stetson Sophomore
Randy Onwuasor Southern Utah Junior
Theo Pinson North Carolina Junior
Martavius Robinson Lewis & Clark CC (Illinois) Sophomore
Corey Sanders Rutgers Sophomore
Victor Sanders Idaho Junior
Jaaron Simmons Ohio Junior
Fred Sims Jr. Chicago State Sophomore
Zach Smith Texas Tech Junior
Kamau Stokes Kansas State Sophomore
James Thompson IV Eastern Michigan Sophomore
Stephen Thompson Jr. Oregon State Sophomore
Moritz Wagner Michigan Sophomore
Tevonn Walker Valparaiso Junior
Thomas Welsh UCLA Junior
Thomas Wilder Western Michigan Junior
Cecil Williams Central Michigan Junior
Johnathan Williams Gonzaga Junior
Kam Williams Ohio State Junior
Christian Wilson UTSA Junior
Omer Yurtseven North Carolina State Freshman

The 2017 NBA Draft gets underway in Brooklyn on June 22nd. Basketball Insiders will have live coverage all around Draft night, so make sure to swing by for instant reaction to every pick in the first round.

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NBA Draft Watch: Storylines Heading into Thursday’s Draft

With the NBA Draft just one day away, there is plenty of uncertainty on how things will play out, writes Dennis Chambers.

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From now until the conclusion of Thursday night’s NBA draft the landscape is subject to shift and evolve at a moment’s notice.

As of right now, the only thing that we can be most certain about is DeAndre Ayton going first overall to the Phoenix Suns. After that, it’s basically a crapshoot in regards to what might go down.

With media day commencing in New York City on Wednesday, the players that will be present during the draft’s greenroom got the chance to address the droves of media from all over the land about where they might end up, how they might fit in those places, and a few off-the-cuff questions thrown in here and there.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the league and their selection extravaganza on Thursday night, many people who are usually in the know this time of year seem to be approaching the event erring on the side of caution, more so than in years past.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer echoed that feeling Wednesday afternoon.

One of the large looming clouds heading into draft night is the Kawhi Leonard situation. As it stands, Leonard appears to want out of his relationship with the San Antonio Spurs and would prefer to wind up in Los Angeles, with an emphasis on the Lakers being his new employer.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard met with Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday night in order to discuss the situation between San Antonio and their franchise player.

While Wojnarowski has also reported that the Spurs are in no rush to move Leonard, draft night could potentially serve as a motivator in the opposite direction should Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford receive a tempting offer that involves some draft capital. With the likes of the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly interested in acquiring Leonard, on the clock with the 10th overall pick, perhaps they can entice the Spurs into sending their star forward packing.

Regardless of if Leonard is traded Thursday night or not, there were certainly be many eyes on his situation over the next 24-plus hours.

Up until about the time a player is selected by their new club, the situation for drafting remains fairly fluid. When the basketball community congregates to New York the day before the event, rumors and confirmation of shifting ideals begin to flourish.

With a lot of the players in this year’s lottery surounded by reasonable question marks, we may see last-minute rising and falling of the prospected hierarchy in prospects. Michael Porter Jr., with questions surrounding his health, and Trae Young having questions about his slight frame and defensive capability, seem to be two subjects of that shuffling just a day before the Thursday night festivities.

Conversely, the final moments leading up to the time to make a selection, teams can shuffle their opinion based off of their need to bring in star power possibilities — especially high up in the lottery.

Real Madrid star Luka Doncic has been the subject for criticism throughout this year’s draft process. While the 19-year-old has posted some of the best numbers for a player his age in the ACB and Euroleague, NBA evaluators are rightfully questioning if his athleticism can hold up in the league.

Originally figured to slip past the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks, who hold the second and third overall picks, respectively, Doncic appears to be gaining last-minute steam within the ranks of the Georgia-based basketball club.

Even though prospects are surfacing Wednesday in the Big Apple to meet and greet with reporters, and get settled for their big moment on Thursday night, some teams and correlating players are having final sit-downs to profess their admiration for each other.

More specifically, New York native and projected high-end lottery pick, Mo Bamba, reportedly met with his hometown Knicks on Wednesday. Corresponding reports tell the story that the Knicks are exploring the option to trade up in the draft, in hopes to acquire a franchise-caliber center to put alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony added context to further confirm the Knicks’ hope of scoring their first franchise center since Patrick Ewing roamed Madison Square Garden.

Whatever does wind up happening Thursday night, those watching can be assured that this year’s NBA Draft will contain the necessary amount of chaos to continue the conversation throughout the league while free agency quickly approaches.

Although, if you were anticipating being able to see those draft picks come in a few minutes early on Twitter like in years past, think again.

It looks like those draft night Wojbombs will be reserved for any unforeseen trades, and not who your favorite team will be picking 10 minutes later.

Either way, embrace the insanity. Draft night is upon us.

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VIDEO: DeAndre Ayton – 2018 NBA Draft

NBA hopeful DeAndre Ayton talks to the media about the NBA draft and how he fits at the next level and more.

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VIDEO: Michael Porter Jr. – 2018 NBA Draft

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