The NCAA tournament is now underway, which means the college basketball season is nearing an end, leaving the top American early-entry candidates for the NBA draft to make decisions about whether to turn pro. As was the case a year ago, NCAA rules changes will allow underclassmen to “test the waters” before officially committing to the 2017 NBA draft.
Players can declare for the draft until April 23 and withdraw any time until May 24 while maintaining their NCAA eligibility, as long as they don’t hire agents. That means that prospects testing the waters can take part in the NBA draft combine from May 9-14 – if invited – and they can work out for individual teams starting in late April.
A year ago, a whopping 162 NCAA and international players declared their intent to enter the draft early, but 91 of those players eventually withdrew, per ESPN’s Chad Ford. As such, the group of eligible draftees for 2017 figures to undergo some significant changes in the coming months. The final draft list will be set after the early entrant withdrawal deadline for international and other non-NCAA players passes on June 12.
In the meantime, we’ll use this post to keep track of reports and announcements on early entrant prospects and their decisions. We’ll archive them all in a running list here, which will be accessible anytime under “Hoops Rumors Features” on the right sidebar.
The players below are listed in alphabetical order. Click on each name for a report about his decision to enter the draft. For an idea of how they stack up against one another, check out the lists of the top prospects on DraftExpress and ESPN.com. If you have any corrections or omissions, please contact us.
Last updated 3/24/17 (3:30pm CT)
- Deng Adel, F, Louisville (sophomore)
- Jarrett Allen, C, Texas (freshman)
- Dwayne Bacon, SF, Florida State (sophomore)
- Khadeen Carrington, SG, Seton Hall (junior)
- John Collins, PF, Wake Forest (sophomore)
- Angel Delgado, PF, Seton Hall (junior)
- Jawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma State (sophomore)
- Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington (freshman)
- Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State (freshman)
- B.J. Johnson, SF, La Salle (junior)
- Jaylen Johnson, PF, Louisville (junior)
- Kerem Kanter, PF, Green Bay (junior)
- Marcus Keene, PG, Central Michigan (junior)
- Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah (junior)
- Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse (sophomore)
- Eric Mika, PF/C, BYU (sophomore)
- Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville (sophomore)
- Austin Nichols, PF, Virginia (junior)
- Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU (junior)
- Cameron Oliver, PF, Nevada (sophomore)
- L.J. Peak, SF, Georgetown (junior)
- Ivan Rabb, PF, California (sophomore)
- Xavier Rathan-Mayes, G, Florida State (junior)
- Corey Sanders, PG, Rutgers (sophomore)
- Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke (freshman)
- Trevor Thompson, C, Ohio State (junior)
- Thomas Wilder, G, Western Michigan (junior)
- Omer Yurtseven, C, North Carolina State (freshman)
International early entrants:
- Verners Kohs, SF (born 1997)