Early Entry

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Cliff Alexander, Aaron Harrison among early entrants not selected Thursday night


Given the fact that there are only 60 available draft slots and the number of eligible players are even higher, there are bound to be players who don’t get to experience hearing their name called at the NBA Draft. That was the case for some notable college players¬†who made the decision to forego their remaining college eligibility to take their shot at the NBA Draft.

Among the players who weren’t selected were former Kansas forward Cliff Alexander, former Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison and former UNLV forward Christian Wood. Wood, a player some believed to have a shot at being selected in the first round heading into the draft, may have been the most surprising omission amongst those who left school with eligibility remaining.

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Some players decide to turn pro in hopes of landing a job anywhere in pro basketball, which will explain some of the players on the list. And while not being selected is certainly a negative, those players will have the opportunity to figure out which summer league situation (in Orlando, Las Vegas or both) represents the best opportunity to earn a spot on a team’s training camp roster.

Thursday night represents a tough reality for these players, especially those whose draft status was hurt by issues away from the court. But even with that being the case, it doesn’t have to be the end of the road for them. Below is the list of college players with eligibility remaining who were not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Cliff Alexander, Kansas
Brandon Ashley, Arizona
Michael Frazier II, Florida
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Jerome Hill, Gardner-Webb
Vince Hunter, UTEP
Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech
Trevor Lacey, NC State
Ashton Pankey, Manhattan
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Walter Pitchford, Nebraska
Michael Qualls, Arkansas
Jherrod Stiggers, Houston
Deonta Stocks, West Georgia
Aaron Thomas, Florida State (declared academically ineligible)
Robert Upshaw, Washington (dismissed mid-year)
Chris Walker, Florida
Christian Wood, UNLV

Reports: Syracuse freshman Chris McCullough to enter the NBA Draft

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Chris McCullough will forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

RealGM.com was the first to report the news.

McCullough is a 6-foot-9 with terrific length and athleticism, and after a terrific start to his freshman season, McCullough was considered by most to be a likely first round pick. But in mid-January, McCullough tore his ACL after an awkward landing, an injury that ended his season and will likely keep him out until the beginning of next year.

He ended the season averaging 9.3 points, 6.9 boards, 2.1 blocks and 1.7 steals.

Draft Express currently projects McCullough as the No. 21 pick in the 2016 draft.

LSU’s Jordan Mickey to enter the NBA Draft

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LSU’s Jordan Mickey ended the speculation and made it official: he will be entering his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.

“After discussing my options with my family, I believe this is the time to move on and accept new challenges at the next level,” Mickey said in a statement that was texted to reporters.

Mickey, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 15.4 points, 9.9 boards and 3.6 blocks as a sophomore for LSU this season. He’s an athletic player with the kind of length that makes scouts drool, but he’s also an undersized power forward at the next level. Mickey’s not a shooter at this point in his development, a major reason why he was projected by Draft Express as a second round pick in the 2016 draft.

Mickey is the second front court player to declare for the draft from LSU. Jarell Martin made it official that he will be going pro earlier this month.