2021 NBA Draft Early Entrants List

The NBA recently announced that early entrants who wish to declare for the 2021 NBA draft have until the end of the day on Sunday, May 30 to make that decision official. That means college and international players who aren’t automatically draft-eligible still have nearly two months to apply.

In recent years, we’ve generally over 200 players declare for each draft as early entrants, with fewer than half of those players ultimately keeping their names in the draft and going pro. We can probably expect that pattern to continue in 2021, with many early entrants declaring before the end of May, and then withdrawing from consideration by the NCAA’s deadline (TBD) or the NBA’s deadline (July 19).

The list of “early” entrants figures to be even bigger than usual this season because the NCAA granted players an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means seniors who would’ve typically become automatically eligible for the draft now have the option of declaring or remaining in college for an extra year.

However, because those seniors were all originally on track to become draft-eligible in 2021, we’re not considering the ones who declare for this year’s draft to be early entrants, and we won’t be including them on our list below. We’ll be tracking college freshman, sophomores, and juniors who enter the draft, as well as international early entrants who were born in 2000 or later.

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 of our desktop site, or in the “Features” page found in our mobile menu.

The players below are listed in alphabetical order. If you have any corrections or omissions, please contact us.

Last updated 4-23-21 (11:34am CT)


College Players:

Expected to forgo remaining eligibility:

Note: Not all of these players have explicitly stated that they’ll be going pro. We’ve placed some players in this group based on the wording of their announcements — it’s possible a few will return to school.

  1. Joel Ayayi, G, Gonzaga (junior) (link)
  2. Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State (freshman) (link)
  3. Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky (junior) (link)
  4. Brandon Boston Jr., G/F, Kentucky (freshman) (link)
  5. James Bouknight, G, UConn (sophomore) (link)
  6. Josh Christopher, G, Arizona State (freshman) (link)
  7. Kofi Cockburn, C, Illinois (sophomore) (link)
  8. Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn (freshman) (link)
  9. Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State (freshman) (link)
  10. Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois (junior) (link)
  11. David Duke, G, Providence (junior) (link)
  12. Nojel Eastern, G, Howard (junior) (link)
  13. RaiQuan Gray, F, Florida State (junior) (link)
  14. Quentin Grimes, G, Houston (junior) (link)
  15. De’Vion Harmon, G, Oklahoma (sophomore) (link)
  16. Aaron Henry, G/F, Michigan State (junior) (link)
  17. Feron Hunt, F, SMU (junior) (link)
  18. Matthew Hurt, F, Duke (sophomore) (link)
  19. Nah’Shon Hyland, G, VCU (sophomore) (link)
  20. David Johnson, G, Louisville (sophomore) (link)
  21. Jalen Johnson, F, Duke (freshman) (link)
  22. Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee (freshman) (link)
  23. Kai Jones, F, Texas (sophomore) (link)
  24. Balsa Koprivica, C, Florida State (sophomore) (link)
  25. Scottie Lewis, G, Florida (sophomore) (link)
  26. Tre Mann, G, Florida (sophomore) (link)
  27. Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor (junior) (link)
  28. Evan Mobley, F/C, USC (freshman) (link)
  29. Moses Moody, G, Arkansas (freshman) (link)
  30. RJ Nembhard, G, TCU (junior) (link)
  31. Neemias Queta, C, Utah State (junior) (link)
  32. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F, Villanova (sophomore) (link)
  33. Day’Ron Sharpe, F/C, North Carolina (freshman) (link)
  34. Javonte Smart, G, LSU (junior) (link)
  35. Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee (freshman) (link)
  36. DJ Steward, G, Duke (freshman) (link)
  37. Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga (freshman) (link)
  38. Cameron Thomas, G, LSU (freshman) (link)
  39. Duane Washington, G, Ohio State (junior) (link)
  40. Trendon Watford, F, LSU (sophomore) (link)
  41. Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford (freshman) (link)
  42. Marcus Zegarowski, G, Creighton (junior) (link)

Note: Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke declared for the draft and signed with an agent, but was killed in a car accident on April 22.

Testing the draft waters:

  1. Ochai Agbaji, G, Kansas (junior) (link)
  2. James Akinjo, G, Arizona (junior) (link)
  3. Warith Alatishe, F, Oregon State (junior) (link)
  4. Santi Aldama, F, Loyola Maryland (sophomore) (link)
  5. Keve Aluma, F, Virginia Tech (junior) (link)
  6. Avery Anderson, G, Oklahoma State (sophomore) (link)
  7. Eric Ayala, G, Maryland (junior) (link)
  8. Armando Bacot, F, North Carolina (sophomore) (link)
  9. Marcus Bagley, F, Arizona State (freshman) (link)
  10. Keyshawn Bryant, F, South Carolina (junior) (link)
  11. Sardaar Calhoun, G, Florida State (junior) (link)
  12. Marcus Carr, G, Minnesota (junior) (link)
  13. Colin Castleton, C, Florida (junior) (link)
  14. Julian Champagnie, G/F, St. John’s (sophomore) (link)
  15. Justin Champagnie, G/F, Pittsburgh (sophomore) (link)
  16. Moussa Cisse, C, Memphis (freshman) (link)
  17. Jermaine Couisnard, G, South Carolina (sophomore) (link)
  18. Kendric Davis, G, SMU (junior) (link)
  19. Michael Devoe, G, Georgia Tech (junior) (link)
  20. Kessler Edwards, F, Pepperdine (junior) (link)
  21. Dawson Garcia, F, Marquette (freshman) (link)
  22. Quincy Guerrier, F, Syracuse (sophomore) (link)
  23. Bryce Hamilton, G, UNLV (junior) (link)
  24. Ron Harper Jr., G/F, Rutgers (junior) (link)
  25. Isaiah Jackson, F, Kentucky (freshman) (link)
  26. DeVante’ Jones, G, Coastal Carolina (junior) (link)
  27. Johnny Juzang, G/F, UCLA (sophomore) (link)
  28. E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State (sophomore) (link)
  29. Matthew Mayer, G/F, Baylor (junior) (link)
  30. Miles McBride, G, West Virginia (sophomore) (link)
  31. Mac McClung, G, Texas Tech (junior) (link)
  32. Sean McNeil, G, West Virginia (junior) (link)
  33. Justin Minaya, F, South Carolina (junior) (link)
  34. Isaiah Mobley, F, USC (sophomore) (link)
  35. Trey Murphy III, G, Virginia (junior) (link)
  36. Scotty Pippen Jr., G, Vanderbilt (sophomore) (link)
  37. Joshua Primo, G, Alabama (freshman) (link)
  38. Antonio Reeves, G, Illinois State (sophomore) (link)
  39. Kevin Samuel, C, TCU (junior) (link)
  40. Terrence Shannon Jr., G/F, Texas Tech (sophomore) (link)
  41. Malachi Smith, G, Chattanooga (sophomore) (link)
  42. D.J. Stewart, G, Mississippi State (sophomore) (link)
  43. JT Thor, F, Auburn (freshman) (link)
  44. Sahvir Wheeler, G, Georgia (sophomore) (link)
  45. Joe Wieskamp, G/F, Iowa (junior) (link)
  46. Aaron Wiggins, G, Maryland (junior) (link)
  47. Trevion Williams, F, Purdue (junior) (link)
  48. Jalen Wilson, F, Kansas (freshman) (link)
  49. Isaiah Wong, G, Miami (sophomore) (link)

International players

  1. Gui Santos, F, Brazil (born 2002) (link)
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