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Early Entrant Decisions: Isby, Montana, Molson

Utah State guard DeAngelo Isby has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA draft and has signed with Darren White of Future Sports Management for representation, he tells ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link). After spending his first two college seasons playing in the JUCO ranks, Isby joined the Aggies for his junior year, averaging 8.4 PPG and 2.9 RPG for the program. He’s not considered likely to be drafted.

Goodman has several more updates on early entrants making decisions on whether to stay in the draft or remove their names from consideration, so let’s round them up….

  • San Diego State junior forward Max Montana will be forgoing his final year of NCAA eligibility and keeping his name in the 2018 draft, tweets Goodman. Montana, who spent two seasons at San Diego State after one year with Indiana, has dual citizenship and intends to play overseas, Goodman notes.
  • Canisius guard Takal Molson will return to school for his sophomore year, he confirmed to Goodman (Twitter link). Molson declared for the draft along with backcourt mate Isaiah Reese, so we’ll see if both guards ultimately end up back at Canisius next season.
  • Florida Gulf Coast guard Zach Johnson is withdrawing from the 2018 draft, tweets Goodman. After averaging 16.1 PPG on .469/.392/.781 shooting in his junior year, Johnson will be transferring to Miami to finish his college career, Goodman adds.
  • NJIT junior forward Abdul Lewis will withdraw from the draft and return to school for his senior year, per Goodman (Twitter link). Lewis, who began his college career at South Alabama, averaged 12.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG last season.

236 Early Entrants Declare For 2018 NBA Draft

The NBA has released the official list of early entrants for the 2018 NBA draft, announcing in a press release that 236 players have filed as early entry candidates. Of those prospects, 181 are from colleges, while 55 are international early entrants.

That number blows away the previous record for early entrants, established in 2017. Last year, 182 early entrants declared for the draft, though ultimately only 73 of those prospects remained in the draft by the final deadline.

This year’s total of 236 early entrants also figures to shrink significantly by May 30 and again by June 11, the two key deadlines for players to withdraw their names from the draft pool. But it still looks like that pool will remain crowded, with the eventual number of early entrants likely exceeding 60, the number of picks in the draft.

Our list of early entrants is now up to date and can be found right here. Here are today’s updates:

College underclassmen:

The following players were listed on the NBA’s official breakdown today, but weren’t yet noted on our own list. For now, we’re assuming they haven’t yet hired agents.

The following players reportedly declared for the draft or planned to, but weren’t named in the NBA’s official announcement today. As such, we’ve removed them from our list.

International players:

The following players were listed on the NBA’s official breakdown today, but weren’t yet noted on our list.

  • Berke Atar, C, Turkey (born 1999)
  • Laurynas Beliauskas, G, Lithuania (born 1997)
  • Rihards Berzins, F/C, Latvia (born 1997)
  • Etienne Ca, F, France (born 1997)
  • Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz, G, France (born 1997)
  • Berkan Durmaz, F, Turkey (born 1997)
  • Aleksander Dziewa, C, Poland (born 1997)
  • Stephane Gombauld, F, France (born 1997)
  • Yoan Granvorka, F, Switzerland (born 1997)
  • Michal Kolenda, F, Poland (born 1997)
  • Antonios Koniaris, G, Greece (born 1997)
  • Leon Kratzer, C, Germany (born 1997)
  • Shekinah Munanga, F, France (born 1997)
  • Williams Narace, F, France (born 1997)
  • Marcel Ponitka, G, Poland (born 1997)
  • Leonardo Tote, F, Italy (born 1997)
  • Martynas Varnas, G, Lithuania (born 1997)
  • Filip Zagrajski, G, Croatia (born 1997)