Now that we’ve flipped the calendar from May to June, the deadline for early entrants to withdraw their names from the 2023 NBA draft and retain their NCAA eligibility has passed. Prospects had until 11:59 pm Eastern time on May 31 to make their decisions and meet the NCAA’s deadline.
The NBA’s own draft withdrawal deadline isn’t until June 12, but college players typically make their decisions in advance of the NCAA’s deadline so that they’re able to return to school.
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We passed along many last-minute draft decisions on Wednesday, but a few slipped through the cracks or weren’t reported until this morning. Most notably, Ohio State’s Brice Sensabaugh, a projected first-round pick, opted to keep his name in the draft as expected, per Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch.
Washington State’s Justin Powell, TCU’s Damion Baugh, and Demetrius Mims of Gannon University will also remain in the 2023 draft, according to reports from Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, and Jon Chepkevich of DraftExpress.com (all Twitter links).
Here are some of the players who decided to opt out of the draft:
- Jalen Bridges, F, Baylor (junior) (Twitter link via Givony)
- Note: Bridges is weighing a return to Baylor or a move to Australia as part of the NBL’s Next Stars program, per Givony.
- Jordan Brown, F/C, Louisiana (senior) (Twitter link via Chepkevich)
- Wesley Cardet Jr., G, Chicago State (sophomore) (Twitter link via Chepkevich)
- Bol Kuir, C, San Diego (freshman) (Twitter link via Chepkevich)
- Note: Kuir is weighing transfer options, per Chepkevich.
- Madison McCall, G, Lesley (MA) (senior) (Twitter link via Chepkevich)
- Emanuel Miller, F, TCU (senior) (Twitter link via Givony)
- Jelanie Morgan, G/F, Lesley (MA) (freshman) (Twitter link via Chepkevich)
- Anton Watson, F, Gonzaga (senior) (Twitter link)
Our early entrant tracker has been updated to reflect the latest reports and announcements. However, we’re still awaiting clarity on a number of players, and it’s worth stressing that our list is very unofficial.
The NBA won’t issue a full, final list of early entrants in the 2023 draft until after the June 12 withdrawal deadline. But last year the league provided an update following the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline, so we could get a similar announcement on Thursday or Friday.
By our count, at least 100 of the 242 players who initially declared for the draft as early entrants have pulled out.