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2019 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who declared? Who is returning? Who are we waiting on?

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Here is a full list of the players that have signed with an agent, declared and are testing the waters and those that have decided to return to school. The NBA released its official list of early entry candidates as it includes 233 total names — 177 coming from colleges or other educational institutions. 

Underclassmen have until Wednesday, May 29th, to withdraw and retain their eligibility.

PLAYERS WITHDRAWING FROM THE NBA DRAFT

  • MILAN ACQUAAH, California Baptist
  • BRYCE AIKEN, Harvard
  • AL-WAJID AMINU, North Florida
  • DESMOND BANE, TCU
  • CHARLES BASSEY, Western Kentucky
  • KERRY BLACKSHEAR JR, TBD
  • PHIL BLEDSOE, Glenville State
  • DAQUAN BRACEY, Louisiana Tech
  • KEITH BRAXTON, St. Francis (PA)
  • NICO CARVACHO, Colorado State
  • YOELI CHILDS, BYU
  • R.J. COLE, UConn
  • ANTHONY COWAN JR., Maryland
  • JARRON CUMBERLAND, Cincinnati
  • CALEB DANIELS, Tulane
  • TULIO DA SILVA, Missouri State
  • JAVIN DELAURIER, Duke
  • SILVIO DE SOUSA, Kansas
  • ALPHA DIALLO, Providence
  • JAMES DICKEY, UNC Greensboro
  • MAMADI DIAKITE, Virginia
  • DAVID DILEO, Central Michigan
  • DEVON DOTSON, Kansas
  • AL DURHAM, Indiana
  • CJ ELLEBY, Washington State
  • STEVE ENOCH, Louisville
  • JAYLEN FISHER, TBD
  • SAVION FLAGG, Texas A&M
  • EUGENE GERMAN, Northern Illinois
  • T.J. GIBBS, Notre Dame
  • QUENTIN GOODIN, Xavier
  • KELLAN GRADY, Davidson
  • DEVONTE GREEN, Indiana
  • QUENTIN GRIMES, TBD
  • JON AXEL GUDMUNDSSON, Davidson
  • JERRICK HARDING, Weber State
  • KEVON HARRIS, Stephen F. Austin
  • JAYCE JOHNSON, Utah
  • MARKELL JOHNSON, N.C. State
  • TYRIQUE JONES, Xavier
  • NATHAN KNIGHT, William & Mary
  • ANTHONY LAMB, Vermont
  • A.J. LAWSON, South Carolina
  • TEVIN MACK, Alabama
  • JERMAINE MARROW, Hampton
  • NAJI MARSHALL, XAVIER
  • SKYLAR MAYS, LSU
  • DAVION MINTZ, Creighton
  • E.J. MONTGOMERY, Kentucky
  • ANDREW NEMBHARD, Florida
  • JOEL NTAMBWE, UNLV
  • JORDAN NWORA, Louisville
  • REGGIE PERRY, Mississippi State
  • FILIP PETRUSEV, Gonzaga
  • JALEN PICKETT, Siena
  • CLETRELL POPE, Bethune-Cookman
  • NIK POPOVIC, Boston College
  • MYLES POWELL, Seton Hall
  • PAYTON PRITCHARD, Oregon
  • NEEMIAS QUETA, Utah State
  • NICK RICHARDS, Kentucky
  • LAQUINCY RIDEAU, South Florida
  • KEVIN SAMUEL, TCU
  • PAUL SCRUGGS, Xavier
  • JOSH SHARKEY, Samford
  • NIKE SIBANDE, Miami OH
  • JAVONTE SMART, LSU
  • JUSTIN SMITH, Indiana
  • DERRIK SMITS, Valparaiso
  • XAVIER SNEED, Kansas State
  • LAMAR STEVENS, Penn State
  • MARLON TAYLOR, LSU
  • ETHAN THOMPSON, Oregon State
  • KILLIAN TILLIE, Gonzaga
  • DONNIE TILLMAN, Utah
  • TRES TINKLE, Oregon State
  • OBI TOPPIN, Dayton
  • JUSTIN TURNER, Bowling Green
  • KALEB WESSON, Ohio State
  • JIMMY WHITT, SMU
  • JOE WIESKAMP, Iowa
  • CHARLES WILLIAMS, Howard
  • EMMITT WILLIAMS, LSU
  • HOLLAND WOODS II, Portland State

STAYING IN THE NBA DRAFT

  • NICKEIL ALEXANDER-WALKER, Virginia Tech
  • R.J. BARRETT, Duke
  • TYUS BATTLE, Syracuse
  • TROY BAXTER JR., FGCU
  • DARIUS BAZLEY, Princeton High School (OH)
  • BOL BOL, Oregon
  • MARQUES BOLDEN, Duke
  • JORDAN BONE, Tennessee
  • KY BOWMAN, Boston College
  • IGGY BRAZDEIKIS, Michigan
  • OSHAE BRISSETT, Syracuse
  • ARMONI BROOKS, Houston
  • CHARLIE BROWN JR., Saint Joseph’s
  • MOSES BROWN, UCLA
  • BRANDON CLARKE, Gonzaga
  • NIC CLAXTON, Georgia
  • AMIR COFFEY, Minnesota
  • TYLER COOK, Iowa
  • JARRETT CULVER, Texas Tech
  • AUBREY DAWKINS, UCF
  • LUGUENTZ DORT, Arizona State
  • CARSEN EDWARDS, Purdue
  • BRUNO FERNANDO, Maryland
  • DANIEL GAFFORD, Arkansas
  • DARIUS GARLAND, Vanderbilt
  • KYLE GUY, Virginia
  • RUI HACHIMURA, Gonzaga
  • JAYLEN HANDS, UCLA
  • JARED HARPER, Auburn
  • JAXSON HAYES, Texas
  • DEWAN HERNANDEZ, Miami
  • TYLER HERRO, Kentucky
  • AMIR HINTON, Shaw University
  • JAYLEN HOARD, Wake Forest
  • DAULTON HOMMES, Point Loma
  • TALEN HORTON-TUCKER, Iowa State
  • DE’ANDRE HUNTER, Virginia
  • TY JEROME, Virginia
  • KELDON JOHNSON, Kentucky
  • MFIONDU KABENGELE, Florida State
  • SACHA KILLEYA-JONES, N.C. State
  • LOUIS KING, Oregon
  • V.J. KING, Louisville
  • SAGABA KONATE, West Virginia
  • MARTIN KRAMPELJ, Creighton
  • ROMEO LANGFORD, Indiana
  • CAMERON LARD, Iowa State
  • DEDRIC LAWSON, Kansas
  • JALEN LECQUE, Brewster Academy (N.C. State recruit)
  • JACOB LEDOUX, Texas-Permian Basin
  • NASSIR LITTLE, UNC
  • TREVOR MANUEL, Olivet (MI)
  • CHARLES MATTHEWS, Michigan
  • JALEN MCDANIELS, San Diego State
  • JA MORANT, Murray State
  • KOUAT NOI, TCU
  • ZACH NORVELL JR., Gonzaga
  • JAYLEN NOWELL, Washington
  • CHUMA OKEKE, Auburn
  • KZ OKPALA, Stanford
  • MIYE ONI, Yale
  • LAMAR PETERS, Mississippi State
  • SHAMORIE PONDS, St. John’s
  • JORDAN POOLE, Michigan
  • JONTAY PORTER, Missouri
  • KEVIN PORTER JR., USC
  • BRANDON RANDOLPH, Arizona
  • CAM REDDISH, Duke
  • ISAIAH REESE, Canisius
  • NAZ REID, LSU
  • AUSTIN ROBINSON, Kentucky Christian
  • ISAIAH ROBY, Nebraska
  • SAMIR SEHIC, Tulane
  • SIMI SHITTU, Vanderbilt
  • JUSTIN SIMON, St. John’s
  • D’MARCUS SIMONDS, Georgia State
  • JALEN SYKES, St. Clair College (Canada)
  • RAYJON TUCKER, Arkansas-Little Rock
  • NICK WARD, Michigan State
  • PJ WASHINGTON, Kentucky
  • TREMONT WATERS, LSU
  • COBY WHITE, UNC
  • LINDELL WIGGINTON, Iowa State
  • KRIS WILKES, UCLA
  • GRANT WILLIAMS, Tennessee
  • ZION WILLIAMSON, Duke
  • KENNY WOOTEN, Oregon

NOTABLES THAT DID NOT DECLARE

  • UDOKA AZUBUIKE, Kansas
  • AYO DOSUNMU, Illinois
  • ASHTON HAGANS, Kentucky
  • MARKUS HOWARD, Marquette
  • TRE JONES, Duke
  • JALEN SMITH, Maryland
  • CASSIUS WINSTON, Michigan State

Michigan’s Jordan Poole staying in 2019 NBA Draft

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Michigan sophomore guard Jordan Poole will remain in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to a post on his Instagram.

The 6-foot-5 Poole already announced his intention to declare for the NBA draft while signing an agent. But Poole has made it clear that he’ll not be returning to school before the May 29th deadline as he’s set on turning pro.

“I need to thank God for putting me in the position to walk along the right path. There has been much consideration, but after weighing all my options and having many positive discussions, my family and I, along with the help of coach (John) Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, believe now is the right time for me to begin my professional basketball career,” Poole said in a statement. “It has been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. I feel I am ready to go after that dream.”

As a sophomore, Poole became a key piece for the Wolverines as he averaged 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 rebounds per game. Shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from three-point range, Poole is a talented shot creator who can be very streaky.

Poole’s decision to leave has major ramifications on Michigan for next season as the Wolverines currently sit at No. 2 in the NBCSports.com Preseason 2019-20 Top 25. Without Poole, Michigan will likely turn to Eli Brooks to earn more minutes.

The pro decision of freshman wing Ignas Brazdeikis now becomes a major focus for the Wolverines this offseason as his return would likely solidify Michigan as a top-five preseason team. If Brazdeikis also opted to go pro like Poole, and junior Charles Matthews, then the Wolverines would need to figure out where their offense will come from next season.

LSU’s Naz Reid entering NBA draft

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LSU freshman big man Naz Reid is entering the NBA Draft and intends to sign with an agent. Releasing a note about his intentions on Instagram, the 6-foot-10 Reid will be one of the most compelling draft prospects after a solid freshman season with the Tigers.

A former McDonald’s All-American, Reid averaged 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as he shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range during the year. While Reid can look like an elite player during stretches of time, he’s also had a tendency to disappear for large chunks of time.

But when Reid is engaged, he’s one of the more skilled big men who will be in this upcoming draft thanks to his workable perimeter jumper and some ability to put the ball on the floor. Reid could find his way as a first-round pick with some late-lottery upside if he does well in team workouts and interviews as teams will be searching for upside guys in that range.

Without Reid, LSU will hope that Emmitt Williams and Darius Days return for their sophomore seasons while big man Courtese Cooper redshirted this past season after spending some time in the JuCo ranks. Replacing Reid will be tough, but LSU does have some intriguing frontcourt players to move forward with.

North Carolina’s Coby White declares for NBA draft

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Following an outstanding freshman season, North Carolina lead guard Coby White declared for the 2019 NBA Draft on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5 White was a key reason for the Tar Heels making a Sweet 16 run this season as he adjusted from playing more off the ball in high school to playing on the ball at North Carolina. Putting up 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game on the season, White showed flashes of greatness while running the Tar Heels’ fast-paced offense.

Shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range, White could play on or off the ball at the next level as some consider him to be a potential top-10 pick. A former McDonald’s All-American, White’s departure is expected for North Carolina as they’ll need to find a suitable lead guard starter for next season.

Junior guard Seventh Woods is expected to return and the Tar Heels continue to be in the mix for five-star point guard Cole Anthony as replacing White will be a key offseason storyline.

Murray State’s Ja Morant declares for NBA draft

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Murray State sophomore guard Ja Morant officially declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday night.

The electric 6-foot-3 lead guard made national waves with his performance this season as Morant is projected to be a top-three pick in June’s draft.

Putting up a triple-double in an NCAA tournament win over Marquette in the first round, Morant became a huge early tournament storyline until the Racers were eliminated in the next round by Florida State. During his sophomore season, Morant averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.

A high-flying guard who also led the nation in assists this season, Morant will be the top point guard prospect in the draft if he stays in as his unique combination of size, skill and athleticism makes him an enticing prospect.

Louisville’s Jordan Nwora to test NBA draft waters

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Louisville forward Jordan Nwora is declaring for the NBA draft but will not be signing with an agent.

Nwora, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, averaged 17.0 points and 7.6 boards in his first season playing for Chris Mack, and his ability to shoot from the perimeter given his size has made him an intriguing prospect.

“If the feedback is positive, I would stay in the draft. If the feedback indicates I should return to school for continued development, then that’s what I will do,” Nwora told ESPN. “Either way, it is a positive experience that will allow me to find out what specifically NBA teams want me to improve to enhance my draft stock, whether it is for this year or next year.”

Nwora is a borderline second round pick, but he is the kind of player that can vault himself into the first round discussion next year if the develops his body and his quickness.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain collegiate eligibility is May 29th.