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2020 NBA Draft Early Entry Tracker

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Here is CBT’s full 2020 NBA Draft early entry tracker. You’ll find a full breakdown of what players are deciding. We’ll track signing with agents, testing the waters and returning to school here. 

Underclassmen had until Sunday, April 26th at 11:59 p.m. EST to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.

A deadline of June 3rd at 5 p.m. EST is set for underclassmen to withdraw and retain college eligibility.

Of course, these dates are subject to change given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation.

Here is the full list of the underclassmen who have publicly announced their intentions for the 2020 NBA Draft. 

NBA DRAFT EARLY ENTRY

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NBA DRAFT TESTING THE WATERS

  • MILAN ACQUAAH, Cal Baptist
  • ZACH COOKS, NJIT
  • DAKARI JOHNSON, Cape Fear CC
  • COREY KISPERT, Gonzaga
  • JOHN PETTY JR., Alabama
  • YVES PONS, Tennessee
  • JOE SATERFIELD, Ranger CC
  • JAVONTE SMART, LSU
  • CHRIS SMITH, UCLA
  • TRENDON WATFORD, LSU
  • ROBERT WOODWARD, Mississippi State

NOTABLES RETURNING TO SCHOOL

  • JORDYN ADAMS, Austin Peay
  • ABDUL ADO, Mississippi State
  • TIMMY ALLEN, Nebraska
  • DERRICK ALSTON, Boise State
  • JOEL AYAYI, Gonzaga
  • JAMES BOUKNIGHT, UConn
  • KEION BROOKS, Kentucky
  • JOMARU BROWN, Eastern Kentucky
  • JORDAN BRUNER, Alabama
  • MARCUS BURK, IUPUI
  • JORDAN BURNS, Colgate
  • JARED BUTLER, Baylor
  • MANNY CAMPER, Siena
  • MARCUS CARR, Minnesota
  • NAZ CARTER, Washington
  • TAMENANG CHOH, Brown
  • KOFI COCKBURN, Illinois
  • DAVID COLLINS, South Florida
  • JALEN CRUTCHER, Dayton
  • DEREK CULVER, West Virginia
  • RYAN DALY, St. Joseph’s
  • DARIUS DAYS, LSU
  • DEXTER DENNIS, Wichita State
  • AYO DOSUNMU, Illinois
  • NOJEL EASTERN, Purdue
  • MASON FAULKNER, Western Carolina
  • L.J. FIGUEROA, St. John’s
  • BLAKE FRANCIS, Richmond
  • HASAHN FRENCH, Saint Louis
  • D.J. FUNDERBURK, N.C. State
  • BOTH GACH, Utah
  • ALONZO GAFFNEY, NW Florida
  • LUKA GARZA, Iowa
  • JACOB GILYARD, Richmond
  • GRANT GOLDEN, Richmond
  • JORDAN GOODWIN, Saint Louis
  • JAYVON GRAVES, Buffalo
  • A.J. GREEN, Northern Iowa
  • DARIN GREEN, UCF
  • AARON HENRY, Michigan State
  • JALEN HILL, UCLA
  • JAY HUFF, Virginia
  • FERON HUNT, SMU
  • CHANCE HUNTER, Long Beach State
  • MATTHEW HURT, Duke
  • TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, Indiana
  • DEJON JARREAU, Houston
  • DAMIEN JEFFERSON, Creighton
  • ISAIAH JOE, Arkansas
  • JALEN JOHNSON, Mississippi State
  • ANDRE JONES, Nicholls State
  • HERB JONES, Alabama
  • KAMERON LANGLEY, North Carolina A&T
  • A.J. LAWSON, South Carolina
  • MATT LEWIS, James Madison
  • SCOTTIE LEWIS, Florida
  • ISAAC LIKEKELE, Oklahoma State
  • ISAIAH LIVERS, Michigan
  • DENZEL MAHONEY, Creighton
  • MAKUR MAKER, Howard
  • SANDRO MAMUKELASHVILI, Seton Hall
  • TRE MANN, Florida
  • REMY MARTIN, Arizona State
  • MAC MCCLUNG, Texas Tech
  • ISAIAH MILLER, UNCG
  • MATT MITCHELL, San Diego State
  • WENDELL MOORE, Duke
  • ANDREW NEMBHARD, Gonzaga
  • OBADIAH NOEL, UMass-Lowell
  • LANDERS NOLLEY II, Memphis
  • NEEMIAS QUETA, Utah State
  • ELIJAH OLANIYI, Stony Brook
  • JALEN PICKETT, Siena
  • XAVIER PINSON, Missouri
  • DARIUS QUISENBEERRY, Youngstown State
  • JEREMIAH ROBINSON-EARL, Villanova
  • COLBEY ROSS, Pepperdine
  • FATTS RUSSELL, Rhode Island
  • MARCUS SANTOS-SILVA, Transfer
  • AAMIR SIMMS, Clemson
  • COLLIN SMITH, UCF
  • MITCHELL SMITH, Missouri
  • STEF SMITH, Vermont
  • BEN STANLEY, Hampton
  • PARKER STEWART, UT Martin
  • TERRY TAYLOR, Austin Peay
  • MACIO TEAGUE, Baylor
  • JUSTIN THOMAS, Morehead State
  • ETHAN THOMPSON, Oregon State
  • JEREMIAH TILMON, Missouri
  • OSCAR TSHIEBWE, West Virginia
  • ALONZO VERGE, Arizona State
  • CHRIS VOGT, Cincinnati
  • FRANZ WAGNER, Michigan
  • C.J. WALKER, Ohio State
  • IBI WATSON, Dayton
  • JARROD WEST, Marshall
  • ROMELLO WHITE, Arizona State
  • JOE WIESKAMP, Iowa
  • DEANDRE WILLIAMS, Memphis
  • KEITH WILLIAMS, Cincinnati
  • MCKINLEY WRIGHT, Colorado
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WHEN IS THE 2020 NBA DRAFT?

The 2020 NBA Draft is currently scheduled to take place on June 25th, 2020, but that date is up in the air due to the spread of COVID-19. At the very least, the league is preparing as if the pre-draft process is going to be drastically different than it has been in past seasons.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR AN EARLY ENTRY TO DECLARE FOR THE 2020 NBA DRAFT?

Underclassmen have under April 26th to declare for the draft. Those that don’t sign with an agent have until June 15th to pull their name out of the draft and return to school.

WHERE CAN I FIND A 2020 MOCK DRAFT?

Right here, thanks for asking.

EJ Montgomery leaves Kentucky for 2020 NBA draft

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Kentucky’s roster will look completely different next season.

EJ Montgomery became the latest Wildcat to turn pro on Wednesday. Kentucky announced the sophomore forward’s decision to leave school. The 6-foot-10 Montgomery is planning to stay a pro, according to multiple reports. All five Kentucky starters are turning pro this season.

Montgomery played a bigger role for the Wildcats his second season. His minutes jumped from 15.1 to a respectable 24.1 per game. The forward put up 6.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest in 28 games. Montgomery shot 51 percent from the floor and 66 percent from the free-throw line. Nick Richards was Kentucky’s established go-to big man. But Montgomery played a valuable frontcourt role for the SEC champions.

It’s unlikely EJ Montgomery finds himself in the first round. But by turning pro and staying in the draft, Montgomery is betting on his pro future.

With the pro decision from Montgomery, Kentucky’s roster is virtually all new players. Forward Keion Brooks returns for his sophomore season. Creighton grad transfer Davion Mintz is joining the program. But John Calipari’s roster will rely on six new freshmen.

Kentucky’s roster has been led by freshmen plenty of times before. Calipari is accustomed to getting rosters full of new players to mesh. But with only Brooks returning from the rotation, it will feel like an entirely new culture at the start of the season. Every player on the roster will be unfamiliar with each other.

It should make for an interesting experiment for a very talented team. Kentucky sits at No. 10 in the CBT Preseason Top 25 at the moment. The talent on the wings for the Wildcats will be evident with Terrence Clarke and Brandon Boston. With the loss of EJ Montgomery, the frontcourt will have more questions next season.

Washington’s Isaiah Stewart enters 2020 NBA draft

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Isaiah Stewart is entering the 2020 NBA draft.

After only one season at Washington, the forward will turn pro, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Washington was a disappointment this season. The Huskies finished 15-17 after a 10-2 start and fell to Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament.

That didn’t stop Stewart from having a strong season. The 6-foot-9 forward was productive on both ends for the Huskies. Putting up 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, Stewart was at times a force on both ends. Stewart also showed efficiency by shooting 57 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line.

Stewart was impressive during his final game of the season. Against Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament, Stewart ended the season on a high note with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

A potential first-round pick, Isaiah Stewart is still young for this NBA draft class as an 18-year-old freshman. With a 7-foot-4 wingspan, Stewart also plays bigger than his 6-foot-9 frame. Thanks to his high motor and capable skill level, Stewart is an intriguing prospect for teams seeking a frontcourt rotation player. There won’t be many better rebounders in the entire draft.

The latest CBT NBA mock draft from Rob Dauster currently has Stewart going No. 16 overall. At 250 pounds, as Dauster notes, Stewart will be able to handle NBA bigs right away. Although Stewart will need to show more of his jumper and defending one-on-one, he has actual tools to work with for the next level. Teammate Jaden McDaniels, who could also turn pro after his freshman season, was more of the enigma for Washington this season.

Washington’s 2-3 zone didn’t give us a good idea of what Stewart could be defensively. But the 2.1 blocks per game are an encouraging sign that Stewart can at least make some impact plays on defense.

NBA draft process remains uncertain for college stars

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Uncertainty in the NBA draft process means a chaotic next few months for college basketball’s stars.

The COVID-19 outbreak stalled the NBA season. The future of the regular season hasn’t been determined. The postseason with it. The 2020 NBA Draft still remains a complete mystery.

Through it all, college basketball’s best players have deadlines for pro decisions coming up. Changing times have made for a more difficult NBA draft process than normal. It also might have ramifications for future college eligibility for certain players.

Before the 2019 NBA Draft process, the NCAA revised its former policy. Student-athletes could sign agents and retain college eligibility last summer. That process helped players like Kansas’ Devon Dotson and Louisville’s Jordan Nwora test the 2019 NBA Draft waters before returning to school this season.

The sport’s top agents largely ignored the new NCAA certification process for 2020. Only 23 agents have even been certified so far. As noted by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, that list of NCAA-approved agents don’t come from bigger firms. So college players have been given a small group of agents to help them navigate the process. At least if they wish to keep college open as an option.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony also noted that many agents are more focused on their current NBA players and the surrounding chaos in the NBA than they are 2020 draft prospects.

Of course, prospects can also risk navigating the NBA draft process alone. An agent, even from a “smaller” firm, has NBA connections. Agents help give feedback to potential clients who test the waters. A player going through the process alone doesn’t get that benefit. With limited NCAA-approved agents, some players could opt to do things themselves the next several months.

Top players who intend to stay in the draft will still sign with the sport’s top agents. That part will stay the same. But during a unique draft process, players being limited to only 23 agents to retain eligibility is not what the NCAA should be looking for. Workouts have practically been eliminated. The draft might be pushed back. And the NCAA isn’t helping its own student-athletes by placing so many restrictions that limit returning eligibility.

USC’s Onyeka Okongwu enters 2020 NBA draft

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Following a standout freshman season, USC big man Onyeka Okongwu is entering the 2020 NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 Okongwu made his declaration official on Wednesday.

A pleasant surprise with his overall production and consistency this season, Okongwu lived up to his early five-star billing out of high school. Early in his preps career, Okongwu was a known national prospect. As the big man for the Lonzo Ball-led Chino Hills High School team that took the nation by storm, Okongwu drew national recruiting attention as an underclassman.

Some believed Okongwu plateaued and didn’t improve much during his high school career. That led to Okongwu being ranked as only the No. 25 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 national high school rankings.

The rankings and perception didn’t matter once Okongwu reached USC.

Putting up 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, Okongwu was a force on both ends of the floor this season. Okongwu registered back-to-back double-doubles to open the 2019-20 season. From there, the freshman established himself as one of the best big men in all of college hoops.

Shooting 61 percent from the floor and 72 percent from three-point range, Okongwu was efficient on offense. Okongwu will have to work on expanding his range for the next level. But at only 19 years old, there is plenty of time for that to happen.

Okongwu currently projects at No. 11 in the latest CBT NBA mock draft. Some teams could be intrigued enough to take Onyeka Okongwu in the top ten of the NBA draft based on his upside. It’s a notable climb for a player many had outside of the top 20 in his own high school class entering this season.

Dayton’s Obi Toppin declares for 2020 NBA draft

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Obi Toppin is declaring for the NBA draft.

Taking college basketball by storm all season, the Dayton forward announced his decision to turn pro on Wednesday. Toppin went from modest contributor with all-conference potential to a probable lottery pick during the 2019-20 season. The redshirt sophomore was one of the nation’s biggest stories this season.

The 6-foot-9 Toppin put up 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Also a menace on the defensive end (1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game), Toppin was one of the nation’s premier two-way players. Perhaps most importantly, Toppin was the leader of one of the best teams in the country.

Dayton went from preseason afterthought to instant contender with a notable start this season at the Maui Invitational. From there, the Flyers only lost one more time all season. Dayton rolled through Atlantic 10 conference play with Toppin leading the charge. Dayton was expected to be a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA tournament had the event gone on as planned.

It led to Toppin sweeping virtually every major award in college hoops. He was the only unanimous AP All-American. Toppin also won CBT’s Player of the Year and AP Player of the Year as well.

As for the NBA draft, Obi Toppin is a potential top-ten pick. Although Toppin turned 22 earlier this month, he still has plenty of intriguing tools for the next level. Toppin is the kind of bouncy offensive threat who can hunt lobs at the rim and finish with authority. Defensively, Toppin’s ability to switch and guard all five opposing spots was a huge reason the Flyers carried a top-40 defense.

Those are some of the many reasons Toppin sits at No. 4 in the latest CBT NBA mock draft.