Draft Notes: Garcia, Pauli, Looney

We’re inside of two months to go until the draft, and Sunday represented a key deadline. It was the final day for prospects to formally enter the draft, and a couple of names trickled in early this morning after they apparently made their decisions in the final hours, as we detail amid the latest draft news:

  • Spanish shooting guard Marc Garcia submitted his name for the draft, his representatives at Octagon Basketball revealed, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (Twitter link). Givony ranks the 19-year-old as the fifth-best prospect among players from overseas who were born in 1996, while Chad Ford of ESPN.com has Garcia as the 83rd-best prospect overall.
  • Oriol Pauli, another Octagon client from Spain, has also entered the draft, the agency says, as Givony tweets. Pauli, a 20-year-old small forward, is No. 38 among Givony‘s top international prospects born in 1994, but Ford doesn’t list him in his rankings.
  • Lottery prospect Kevon Looney has hired both Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management and Todd Ramasar of Stealth Sports to represent him, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). Ford ranks the power forward from UCLA as the 10th-best prospect in this year’s draft and Givony lists him 18th.
  • The league will likely release its official list of early entrants for the draft in the next day or two, but click here to see all of the players reported to have entered, as well as the top college underclassmen who reportedly won’t be in this year’s draft.
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