The NBA has officially released the initial list of early entrants for the 2021 NBA draft, announcing in a press release that 353 players have filed as early entry candidates. Of those prospects, 296 are from colleges, while 57 are international early entrants.
That number obliterates the previous record of 236 early entrants, established in 2018. That had been expected, however, since the NCAA gave players an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in seniors having to decide between staying at college for one more season or declaring for the draft as an “early” entrant.
Since well over half of the college early entrants are seniors, there are actually fewer college underclassmen than usual in this initial group of early entrants.
This year’s total of 353 early entrants figures to shrink significantly by July 7 and again by July 19, the two deadlines for players to withdraw their names from the draft pool. But it still looks like the pool will remain extremely crowded, with the eventual number of early entrants certain to exceed 60, the number of picks in the draft.
Our tracker of early entrants for the 2021 draft now includes seniors and is fully up to date. It can be found right here. It doesn’t include players who are automatically draft-eligible this year. As Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweets, that list of auto-eligible players includes the prospects who played for the G League Ignite, such as Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga.
Here are the changes we made to our tracker today:
These players hadn’t previously been included on our unofficial list of underclassmen early entrants and weren’t on the list of senior early entrants that the NBA sent to teams last week.
- Josiah Agnew, G, Denmark Technical College (SC) (freshman)
- Justin Bean, F, Utah State (junior)
- Chudier Bile, F, Georgetown (senior)
- Jahvon Blair, G, Georgetown (senior)
- Isaac Bonton, G, Washington State (senior)
- Izaiah Brockington, G, Penn State (junior)
- Chaundee Brown, G, Michigan (senior)
- D.J. Burns Jr., F, Winthrop (sophomore)
- Maurice Calloo, F, Oregon State (junior)
- Trevion Crews, G, Bethel (IN) (senior)
- Sam Cunliffe, G/F, Evansville (junior)
- Cartier Diarra, G, Virginia Tech (senior)
- Lydell Elmore, F, High Point (senior)
- Hasahn French, F, Saint Louis (senior)
- Gorjok Gak, C, California Baptist (senior)
- Patrick Greene Jr., G, National Park College (AR) (sophomore)
- Jordan Hall, F, St. Joseph’s (freshman)
- Kashaun Hicks, G/F, Norfolk State (senior)
- Taveion Hollingsworth, G, Western Kentucky (senior)
- Trevor Hudgins, G, NW Missouri State (junior)
- Anthony Hughes Jr., G, Millsaps College (MS) (senior)
- Damien Jefferson, G/F, Creighton (senior)
- Bryson Johnson, G, Univ. of The Ozarks (AR) (senior)
- Latrell Jones, G, Portland (junior)
- Miller Kopp, F, Northwestern (junior)
- Kameron Langley, G, North Carolina A&T (senior)
- Matt Lewis, G, James Madison (senior)
- Makuach Maluach, G/F, New Mexico (senior)
- Steffon Mitchell, F, Boston College (senior)
- Matthew Moyer, F, George Washington (senior)
- Issa Muhammad, F, Daytona State (FL) (sophomore)
- Joel Ntambwe, F, Texas Tech (sophomore)
- Kobi Nwandu, F, Niagara (senior)
- Kevin Obanor, F, Oral Roberts (junior)
- Chris Parker, G, Liberty (senior)
- Jordan Phillips, G/F, UT Arlington (junior)
- Alex Reese, F, Alabama (senior)
- Shawn Royal Jr., G/F, Victory Rock Prep (FL) (post-graduate)
- Marcus Sasser, G, Houston (sophomore)
- Ronaldo Segu, G, Buffalo (junior)
- Roman Silva, C, Oregon State (senior)
- Chris Smith, F, UCLA (senior)
- TJ Starks, G, Cal State Northridge (junior)
- Jeremiah Tilmon, C, Missouri (senior)
- Kyree Walker, G/F, Hillcrest Prep Academy (AZ) (post-graduate)
- Keaton Wallace, G, UTSA (senior)
- Isaiah Washington, G, Long Beach State (senior)
- Richard Washington Jr., G/F, San Jose State (senior)
- Brandon Williams, G, Arizona (sophomore)
- Jeenathan Williams, G/F, Buffalo (junior)
- Bryce Wills, G/F, Stanford (junior)
- Sidney Wilson, G/F, SIU-Edwardsville (junior)
These players weren’t previously mentioned on our list of international early entrants. The country listed here indicates where they last played, not necessarily where they were born.
- Vinicius Da Silva, C, Spain (born 2001)
- Aristide Mouaha, G, Italy (born 2000)
- Vladislav Odinokov, F/C, Russia (born 2000)
- Joel Parra, F, Spain (born 2000)
- Tomas Pavelka, C, Spain (born 2000)
- Franger Pirela, G, Spain (born 2002)
- Nemanja Popovic, F, Serbia (born 2001)
- Jaime Pradilla, F/C, Spain (born 2001)
- Sitraka Raharimanantoanina, F, France (born 2001)
- Hugo Robineau, G, France (born 2000)
- Nikos Rogavopoulos, F, Greece (born 2001)
- Alexander Shashkov, C, Russia (born 2000)
- Luc Van Slooten, F, Germany (born 2002)
Despite reports or announcements that the players below would declare for the draft, they didn’t show up on the NBA’s official list.
That could mean a number of things — they may have decided against entering the draft; they may have entered the draft, then withdrawn; they may have incorrectly filed their paperwork; or the NBA may have accidentally omitted some names.
In any case, we’ve removed the following names from our early entrant list for the time being.
- Isaiah Adams, F, UCF (freshman)
- James Akinjo, G, Arizona (junior)
- Avery Anderson, G, Oklahoma State (sophomore)
- Sardaar Calhoun, G, Florida State (junior)
- Michael Devoe, G, Georgia Tech (junior)
- Ron Harper Jr., G/F, Rutgers (junior)
- Justin Minaya, F, South Carolina (junior)
- Malachi Smith, G, Chattanooga (sophomore)
- Shamiel Stevenson, G/F, Nebraska (junior)
- Eric Williams Jr. , G/F, Oregon (junior)
4 thoughts on “NBA Announces Initial Early Entrant List For 2021 Draft”
The best thing about this list is now knowing that Denmark Technical College fields a basketball team. I wonder if their mascot is a Great Dane?
Just looked it up and am extremely disappointed that they are the Panthers. Someone needs to be fired for them not being the Great Danes.
They didn’t want to get confused with the University at Albany.
I knew there was a school with that as the mascot. I remember it from an NCAA tourney appearance.