Tyler Harris (Portland)

Will Richard Among Players Withdrawing From Draft

Guard Will Richard plans to withdraw from the draft and return to Florida for his senior season, agent George Langberg tells Jeff Goodman of The Field of 68 (Twitter link).

Richard has started 65 of 68 games for the Gators the past two seasons, averaging 10.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 0.9 SPG on .445/.366/.824 shooting over that span (28.7 MPG).

Three other players are withdrawing from the 2024 NBA draft as well, they told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports (all Twitter links).

A.J. Staton-McCray, who was an all-league and all-defensive selection in 2023/24, plans to transfer to Florida Atlantic, per Rothstein. The 6’5″ guard has spent the past four years at Samford, but still has two years of college eligibility left (he was injured one season, plus the pandemic).

6’8″ Portland wing Tyler Harris, who averaged 12.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.0 SPG and 0.9 BPG in 22 games as a freshman (33.8 MPG), plans to play for Washington for his sophomore season, according to Rothstein.

Lastly, Posh Alexander, who will be a “super senior” in ’24/25, is withdrawing and transferring to Dayton. Alexander spent his first three seasons at St. John’s before playing for Butler last season.

May 29 is the last day for early entrants to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain their NCAA eligibility (10:59 pm CT). The full list of 2024 early entrants can be found here.

NBA Announces Initial Early Entrant List For 2024 Draft

The NBA has officially released the initial list of early entrants for the 2024 NBA draft, announcing in a press release that 195 players have filed as early entry candidates. Of those prospects, 138 are from colleges, 43 had been playing for teams internationally, and 14 were playing non-college ball stateside (ie. the G League or Overtime Elite).

While that early entrant total obviously far exceeds the number of players who will be selected in this year’s draft (58), it’s down significantly from the figures we’ve seen in recent years. A record 353 early entrants initially declared for the draft in 2021, but that number dropped to 283 in 2022 and 242 a year ago. The NCAA’s NIL policy, which allows college athletes to be paid based on their name, image, and likeness, has presumably been a major factor in that trend.

This year’s total of 195 early entrants figures to decline significantly by May 29 and again by June 16, the two deadlines for players to withdraw their names from the draft pool. But it’s still likely that the eventual number of early entrants will exceed 58 players. That group will join the college seniors with no remaining eligibility and other automatically eligible players in this year’s draft pool.

Our tracker of early entrants for the 2024 draft is fully up to date and can be found right here.

Here are the changes we made to our tracker today:

Newly added players

College players:

These players either didn’t publicly announce that they were entering the draft or we simply missed it when they did.

International players:

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.

Other players:

  • Abdullah Ahmed, C, Westchester Knicks (born 2003)
  • Somto Cyril, C, Overtime Elite (born 2005)
  • Reynan Dos Santos, G, Overtime Elite (born 2004)
  • Djordjije Jovanovic, F, Ontario Clippers (born 2003)
  • Jalen Lewis, F/C, Overtime Elite (born 2005)
  • Malique Lewis, F, Mexico City Capitanes (born 2004)
  • Babacar Sane, F, G League Ignite (born 2003)

Players removed

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 had no NCAA eligibility remaining, making them automatically draft-eligible; they may have incorrectly filed their paperwork; or the NBA may have accidentally omitted some names.

It seems that last possibility is a real one, as Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweets that a “miscommunication or mishap’ at the league office may result in a dozen or more additional names being added to the NBA’s early entrant list.

We’ve still removed the following names from our early entrant list for the time being, but it sounds like some could be re-added soon.

Note: Some of these players may also be transferring to new schools.