NCAA early entrants in the 2018 NBA draft have until the end of the day on Wednesday, May 30 to make a decision on whether or not to keep their names in this year’s draft pool.
While the NBA’s deadline for draft withdrawals is on June 11, the NCAA has its own deadline. A college player who withdraws from the draft between May 31 and June 11 would become draft-eligible in a future year, but would be ineligible to return to his NCAA team next season. As such, the NBA’s June 11 deadline is generally only worth watching for international early entrants.
A record-setting 236 early entrants declared for the 2018 NBA draft, but many of those prospects were simply testing the draft waters without an agent and have since announced their intent to return to college for at least one more year.
We’ve been making an effort to keep tabs on all the latest early entrants news right here. As our list shows, a number of notable prospects still have decisions to make today. Kevin Huerter (Maryland), Tyus Battle (Syracuse), Jontay Porter (Missouri), PJ Washington (Kentucky), Omari Spellman (Villanova), Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky), Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State), Caleb Martin (Nevada), and Cody Martin (Nevada) are among the highly-regarded prospects who have yet to announce their intent one way or the other.
A few of the latest early entrant draft withdrawals are noted below. These players won’t go pro yet, opting instead to continue their respective college careers:
- Reid Travis, F, Stanford, junior (Twitter link via Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports): Travis will reportedly be a graduate transfer and may land with Kentucky (Twitter link via ESPN’s Jeff Goodman).
- Lamonte Bearden, G, Western Kentucky, junior (Twitter link via Bearden): Bearden had previously said he intended to sign with an agent and stay in the draft.
- Nojel Eastern, G, Purdue, freshman (press release via the school)
- Chris Clemons, G, Campbell, junior (Twitter link via Rothstein)
- Jon Davis, G, Charlotte, junior (Twitter link via Rothstein)