Micah Seaborn

Official Early Entrants List For 2018 NBA Draft

The NBA has officially announced that 91 early entrant prospects will be eligible to be selected in the 2018 NBA draft next week. Although the number of early entrants is much higher than the number of picks in the draft (60), the list of early entrants is still significantly smaller than it was at the entry deadline in April. At that point, 236 early entrants had declared for the draft. Nearly 150 have withdrawn since then after testing the waters.

Here’s the complete list of early entrant prospects eligible for the 2018 NBA draft:

College Underclassmen:

International Early Entrants:

The NBA’s final list of early entrants doesn’t include Brian Bowen (South Carolina), Micah Seaborn (Monmouth), and Tavarius Shine (Oklahoma State), despite the fact that they had remained in the draft past the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline last month. Because those players pulled out of the draft between the NCAA and NBA deadlines, they won’t be draft-eligible yet, but also won’t be able to continue their college careers. They can begin their professional careers in the G League or in an international league.

For details on which prospects originally declared for the draft, then withdrew their names, be sure to check out our previous unofficial early entrant list.

Draft Notes: Hornets, Grizzlies, Blazers, Lakers, Nuggets

Villanova’s Mikal Bridges had his conditioning tested during his first pre-draft workout today in Charlotte, writes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. Bridges and St. Joseph’s James Demery were the only players at the hour-long session, which featured full-court sprints mixed with long-range shooting toward the end of the process.

“They pushed us,” Bridges said. “I’m really well conditioned and they [wanted to see me] shoot the ball while I’m tired. [It was about] showing them everything, like some ballhandling that they didn’t see” when he was in college.

Projected as a lottery pick, Bridges may still be available when the Hornets select at No. 11. However, Bonnell notes that the Cavaliers, Knicks and Sixers — the three teams directly in front of Charlotte — could all have interest.

There’s more draft-related news to pass along:

Checking In On NCAA Early Entrants For Draft

As we detailed about 24 hours ago, Wednesday represented a key deadline for NCAA underclassmen who had declared for the 2018 NBA draft. Early entrants who haven’t yet hired an agent technically have until June 11 to pull their names out of the draft, based on NBA rules. But the NCAA has its own set of deadlines, and May 30 was the last day for early entrants to withdraw from the draft and retain their college eligibility.

As such, we saw a flurry of announcements on Wednesday, with players like Kevin Huerter (Maryland), Omari Spellman (Villanova), Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky) deciding to remain in the draft, while other notable prospects like Tyus Battle (Syracuse), Jontay Porter (Missouri), and PJ Washington (Kentucky) elected to return to school.

Our full early entrant list has been updated with the latest news, but there are still a small handful of gaps in that list. The NBA won’t release an official list of early entrants for 2018 until after the league’s own June 11 deadline, so we’ll have to wait nearly two weeks for confirmation on this year’s draft class. However, here’s a breakdown of our numbers for now:

  • NCAA early entrants who are believed to be staying in the draft: 79
  • NCAA early entrants who reportedly withdrew from the draft: 96
  • NCAA early entrants who showed up on the NBA’s initial list in April whose decisions haven’t been announced or reported, as far as we can tell: 7

The seven players whose statuses we’re unsure about are Tashawn Berry (Dakota College), Dextor Foster (ASA College), Tremaine Fraiser (Westchester CC), Victor Lewis II (West Texas A&M), Jordan Murdock (Friends University), Keanu Peters (Salt Lake CC), and Micah Seaborn (Monmouth). If we missed any updates on any of those players, please let us know in the comment section.

Meanwhile, even though that June 11 NBA withdrawal deadline isn’t overly important for college prospects, it’s a key date for international early entrants. Over the next week and a half, we’ll likely hear plenty of updates on that group of 55 players, many of whom will remove their names from the 2018 draft pool.

Draft Updates: Govindy, Pansa, Faye, Seaborn

The list of international prospects declaring for the 2018 NBA draft as early entrants continues to grow. As ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reports (via Twitter), three 1997-born big men currently playing in France are entering this year’s draft pool, per their agency Comsport. Those players are Melvyn Govindy, Jean-Marc Pansa, and Ibrahima Fall Faye. They’ll have until June 11 to decide whether to remain in the 2018 draft or withdraw their names. If they pull out of this year’s event, they’ll be draft-eligible in 2019.

Here are a few more draft notes:

  • Givony has updates on two more international early entrants declaring for the draft, reporting that Turkish forward Muhaymin Mustafa and Congolese center Viny Okouo have both made themselves eligible (Twitter link). While Okouo was born in 1997, Mustafa was born in 1999, which means he’d have two more chances to enter the draft early if he withdraws his name this year.
  • Slovenian shooting guard Blaz Mesicek has elected to enter the draft as an early entrant, per agent Misko Raznatovic (Twitter link). The 1997-born prospect has averaged 9.7 PPG and shot 40.8% on three-pointers in 26 games for Brindisi in the Italian League.
  • Monmouth junior guard Micah Seaborn announced in a post on Instagram that he has opted to enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent. Seaborn established new career highs in 2017/18 with 13.7 PPG and a .436/.442/.887 shooting line.
  • Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders breaks down the 2018 NBA draft class in tiers, with a three-player top tier of “potential future All-Stars” leading the way.