Full list of NBA draft-eligible underclassmen, international players released

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There are the names you know — the one-and-done players, the guys who will go high in this June’s NBA Draft. Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and the like. But then there are the countless guys whose names you don’t know, players who likely never set foot on an NBA court.

All in all, there are 91 college underclassmen and international players eligible for the NBA Draft, their names formally released by the NBA on Tuesday. Below you can see all of them.

You would be correct to note that only 60 players will get drafted (and college seniors, not listed here because they are all eligible, will take up some of those slots). Some of these players took poor advice and are about to be wildly disappointed as they go through the draft process. Others understood the NBA was a longshot but they are ready to start earning money to play basketball overseas, so they put their name out there.

Wherever a particular player may fall on that scale, their names are below. First are the college underclassmen, followed by the international players who will enter the draft this season.

Early Entry players (name (college) height)

Cliff Alexander (Kansas) 6’8” Freshman
Justin Anderson (Virginia) 6’6” Junior
Brandon Ashley (Arizona) 6’9” Junior
Devin Booker (Kentucky) 6’6” Freshman
Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky) 7-0 Junior
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin) 6’9” Junior
Michael Frazier II (Florida) 6’4 Junior
Olivier Hanlan (Boston College) 6’4” Junior
Montrezl Harrell (Louisvillep) 6’8” Junior
Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) 6’6” Sophomore
Andrew Harrison (Kentucky) 6’6” Sophomore
Tyler Harvey (Eastern Washington) 6’4” Sophomore
Jerome Hill (Gardner-Webb) 6’5” Junior
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona) 6’7” Sophomore
R.J. Hunter (Georgia State) 6’5” Junior
Vince Hunter (UTEP) 6’8” Sophomore
Charles Jackson (Tennessee Tech) 6’10” Junior
Dakari Johnson (Kentucky) 7’0” Sophomore
Stanley Johnson (Arizona) 6’7” Freshman
Tyus Jones (Duke) 6’1” Freshman
Trevor Lacey (North Carolina State) 6’3” Junior
Kevon Looney (UCLA) 6’9” Freshman
Trey Lyles (Kentucky) 6’10” Freshman
Jarell Martin (LSU) 6’10” Sophomore
Chris McCullough (Syracuse) 6’10” Freshman
Jordan Mickey (LSU) 6’8” Sophomore
Jahlil Okafor (Duke) 6’11” Freshman
Kelly Oubre (Kansas) 6’7” Freshman
Ashton Pankey (Manhattan) 6’10” Junior
Cameron Payne (Murray State) 6’2” Sophomore
Terran Petteway (Nebraska) 6’6” Junior
Walter Pitchford (Nebraska) 6’10” Junior
Bobby Portis (Arkansas) 6’11” Sophomore
Michael Qualls (Arkansas) 6’6”Junior
Terry Rozier (Louisville) 6’1” Sophomore
D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) 6’5” Freshman
Satnam Singh (IMG Academy) 7’1” Post-Graduate
Jherrod Stiggers (Houston) 6’5” Junior
Deonta Stocks (West Georgia) 6-1” Sophomore
Aaron Thomas (Florida State) 6’5” Junior
J.P. Tokoto (North Carolina) 6’6” Junior
Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky) 6’11” Freshman
Myles Turner (Texas) 6’11” Freshman
Robert Upshaw (Washington) 7’0” Sophomore
Rashad Vaughn (UNLV) 6’6” Freshman
Chris Walker (Florida) 6’10” Sophomore
Justise Winslow (Duke) 6’6” Freshman
Christian Wood (UNLV) 6’11” Sophomore

International players (name, team (country), height)

Alberto Abalde, Joventut (Spain) 6’7”
Dimitrios Agravanis, Olympiacos (Greece) 6’10”
Wael Arakji, Al Riyadi (Lebanon) 6’4”
Eleftherios Bochoridis, Panathinaikos (Greece) 6’5”
Beka Burjanadze, Coruna (Spain) 6’8”
Nedim Buza, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6’8”
Alexandre Chassang, ASVEL (France) 6’9”
George de Paula, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6’6” 
Andrey Desyatnikov, Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), 7’3”
Moussa Diagne, Fuenlabrada (Spain), 6’11”
Lucas Dias Silva, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6’9”
Ognjen Dobric, FMP Beograd (Serbia) 6’6”
Simone Fontecchio, Granarolo (Italy) 6’7”
Danilo Fuzaro, Minas (Brazil) 6’4”
Marc Garcia, Manresa (Spain) 6’6”
Humberto Gomes, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6’5”
Kevin Harley, Poitiers (France) 6’6”
Guillermo Hernangomez, Sevilla (Spain) 6’11”
Juan Alberto Hernangomez, Estudiantes (Spain) 6’7”
Mario Hezonja, Barcelona (Spain) 6’8”
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Nanterre (France) 6’11”
Alpha Kaba, Pau Orthez (France) 6’10”
Vladislav Korenyuk, Dnipro (Ukraine) 6’11”
Dusan Kutlesic, Metalac (Serbia), 6’6”
Jonghyun Lee, Korea University (Korea) 6’9”
Timothe Luwawu, Antibes (France) 6’7”
Nikola Milutinov, Partizan (Serbia) 7’0”
Aleksej Nikolic, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6’3”
Cedi Osman, Anadolu Efes (Turkey) 6’8”
Miroslav Pasajlic, Uzice (Serbia) 6’1”
Anzejs Pasecniks, VEF Riga (Latvia) 7’1”
Oriol Pauli, Gran Canaria (Spain) 6’7”
Kristaps Porzingis, Sevilla (Spain) 7’1”
Nikola Radicevic, Sevilla (Spain) 6’5”
Djoko Salic, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6’11”
Marko Tejic, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6’10”
Juan Pablo Vaulet, Bahia Basket (Argentina) 6’6”
Aleksandar Vezenkov, Aris (Greece) 6’9”
Adin Vrabac, Trier (Germany) 6’8”
Rade Zagorac, Mega Leks (Serbia) 6’7”
Sergiy Zagreba, Dnipro (Ukraine) 7’0”
Alexandr Zhigulin, Penas Huesca (Spain) 6’8”

Must watch: Lonzo Ball halfcourt alley-oop to Zion Williamson

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Damn. This is just a thing of beauty.

Lonzo Ball and Zion Williams have a connection on the court and the Grizzlies got a look at it up close and personal Monday.

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In a must-win game for 0-2 New Orleans, Zion played more in the first half than we have seen recently, but he was still under 10 minutes total. He had 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting, leading an energized Pelicans team that led by seven at the half.

Thunder’s Dennis Schroder leaves bubble for birth of child

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Dennis Schroder was not in uniform when Oklahoma City lost to Denver Monday. He wasn’t even in Orlando.

Schroder left the bubble to be with his wife for the birth of his child, something the team knew was coming but came up suddenly Monday morning, coach Billy Donovan said pregame (reporting from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin inside the bubble).

 

“I’m not gonna leave my wife by herself while she’s having a second baby,” Schroder said when he talked about this with reporters previously. “(Dennis) Jr. is still 17 months old, so I’m for sure gonna go there and support her and try as much as I can to be there for my family.”

Congratulations to the Schroder family, we hope everyone is happy and healthy.

The Thunder will miss Schroder while he’s gone. He is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate averaging 19 points per game while shooting 38.1% from three. The Thunder are at their most dangerous when Schroder is paired with Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a rotation that we will not see for a while.

The first round of the playoffs starts Aug. 17. Schroder can return to the team, the question is how long he will be in quarantine when he does. If Schroeder has a negative coronavirus test for seven consecutive days before his return, he will be in quarantine for four days. If he does not get tested, or if he exposes himself to the virus unnecessarily while outside the bubble — for example, picking up wings from a strip club for dinner — he will have a 10-day quarantine.

The Thunder could use him for what will be a tight first-round playoff series in a very balanced West. Schroder may or may not be there, he has higher priorities right now.

Oklahoma state Rep. threatens to increase Thunder’s taxes for kneeling during national anthem

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The Oklahoma City Thunder – like all NBA teams (minus a few individuals) – kneeled during the national anthem.

That powerful protest calls attention to racism, particularly through police brutality. It is highly patriotic to work toward ending those shameful practices. Though some have distorted the underlying message, the protests have largely worked. In the years since Colin Kaepernick first kneeled, Americans have developed a heightened sensitivity to racism and police brutality.

Of course, there are still many opponents of anthem kneeling. The demonstration causes a visceral reaction (which is also why it has been so effective). At this point, it’s hard to stand out among the critics of anthem kneeling who keep making the same, tired arguments.

Oklahoma state representative Sean Roberts found a way.

Roberts, via Oklahoma’s News 4:

“By kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, the NBA and its players are showing disrespect to the American flag and all it stands for. This anti-patriotic act makes clear the NBA’s support of the Black Lives Matter group and its goal of defunding our nation’s police, its ties to Marxism and its efforts to destroy nuclear families.

If the Oklahoma City Thunder leadership and players follow the current trend of the NBA by kneeling during the national anthem prior to Saturday’s game, perhaps we need to reexamine the significant tax benefits the State of Oklahoma granted the Oklahoma City Thunder organization when they came to Oklahoma. Through the Quality Jobs Act, the Thunder is still under contract to receive these tax breaks from our state until 2024.

Perhaps these funds would be better served in support of our police departments rather than giving tax breaks to an organization that supports defunding police and the dissolution of the American nuclear family.”

This is outrageous.

It’s outrageous that the Thunder get such a targeted tax break. The franchise is a private company that should succeed or fail based on its own merits. While it’s easy for NBA fans (like readers of this site) to get caught up in the league, professional basketball isn’t actually important for the greater good.

It’s outrageous that a company’s tax status could depend on how its employees exercise their freedom of expression. The First Amendment still exists.

Ultimately, Roberts almost certainly doesn’t have the power to do what he’s threatening. This is grandstanding for political gain. It gets Roberts into national headlines and little else. Mission accomplished, I guess.

So, Roberts builds a reputation as another big-government politician – someone who wants to use the heavy hand of government to dissuade free expression.

NBA referee Brent Barnaky explains standing for the national anthem

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Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, Heat big Meyers Leonard and Spurs coaches Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon drew plenty of attention for standing during the national anthem while nearly all NBA players, coaches and referees kneeled.

Referee Brent Barnaky also stood.

Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

This isn’t much of an explanation. Nor does it need to be. Barnaky explained that he wasn’t countering the message of kneeling players (opposing racism, particularly through police brutality). That’s sufficient for Barnaky to maintain his neutral positioning – important for an official.

For decades, nearly everyone stood for the national anthem. For many people, that was just about following norms. Even NBA players espousing social-justice messaging previously stood for the national anthem.

But Colin Kaepernick’s brave defiance caused some people to thoughtfully consider their national-anthem posture. So, while many people continued to stand for the national anthem because that’s just was done, some made deliberate choices based on their own values. Sometimes, that led to kneeling. Sometimes, that led to standing.

The thoughtful standers blended into the crowd… until kneeling became widespread in the NBA. Now, they’re the noticeable outliers within the league.

It can take courage to go against the grain. I commend Barnaky for that – and for voicing his support for social justice and peaceful protest.

Barnaky made a personal choice that can stand alone. It doesn’t undermine what anyone else is doing.