May 22nd, 2017 at 3:59pm CST by ChrisCrouse
This Wednesday is the deadline for players who are testing the draft waters to make a final decision. Several players have made a decision today, opting to withdraw from the draft. Here are some players who’ve decided to stay in school (all decisions are reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman unless otherwise indicated):
- Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (via Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports)
- Rawle Alkins, Arizona (via his own Twitter feed).
- Jevon Carter, West Virginia (Twitter link)
- Obi Enechionyia, Temple (via Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Daily News)
- Alize Johnson, Missouri State (Twitter link)
- Andrew Jones, Texas (Rothstein tweets)
- George King, Colorado (Twitter link)
- Matt Morgan, Cornell (Twitter link)
- Shaquille Morris, Wichita State (Rothstein tweets)
- Jaaron Simmons, Will play at Michigan after graduating from Ohio University (Twitter link)
- Zach Smith, Texas Tech (Rothstein tweets)
- Kamau Stokes, Kansas State (Rothstein tweets)
- James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan (Twitter link)
- Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan (Twitter link)
May 18th, 2017 at 10:36pm CST by ChrisCrouse
Dennis Smith Jr. is drawing interest from several lottery teams, Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog reports. The Knicks, Sixers, Wolves, and Kings have all reached out to the point guard to set up a workout. Smith is projected to be one of the top point guards taken on June 22 with Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony ranking him as the fourth-best player at the position and seventh-best player overall.
Here’s more on the upcoming draft:
March 29th, 2017 at 2:54pm CST by Luke Adams
Oregon State center Drew Eubanks has decided to enter his name into the 2017 draft pool, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. A sophomore who is ranked 90th on Jonathan Givony’s big board at DraftExpress, Eubanks is keeping his options open by not hiring an agent, so it’s possible he’ll return to school for his junior year. He’ll have until May 24 to weigh his options and decide whether or not to withdraw.
Meanwhile, Eubanks’ teammate, sophomore shooting guard Stephen Thompson, will also test the draft waters, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Thompson ranks 75th on DraftExpress’ list of top sophomores, 54 spots behind Eubanks, so it would be a surprise if he doesn’t eventually withdraw his name and return to Oregon State for the 2017/18 season.
Here are a few more draft decisions worth noting:
- Maryland junior point guard Melo Trimble has decided to enter the draft and will forgo his remaining NCAA eligibility by hiring an agent, per Jeff Ermann of 247Sports.com. Trimble tested the waters a year ago, but has decided to go pro this year. He’s ranked 92nd on the DraftExpress big board.
- Ohio guard Jaaron Simmons announced this week that he intends to enter the 2017 draft, according to a press release from the school. The 22-year-old point guard won’t hire an agent, giving him a chance to withdraw later and return to Ohio for his senior year.
- Providence forward Rodney Bullock will declare for the draft without hiring an agent, Goodman reports (via Twitter). Bullock, a junior, averaged 15.7 PPG and 6.4 RPG in 33 games this past season.
- LIU Brooklyn freshman Jashaun Agosto announced on Twitter that he’s declaring for the 2017 draft. The 5’11” guard isn’t expected to be drafted.