Cassius Winston was a senior at Michigan State. Udoka Azubuike was a senior at Kansas. Payton Pritchard was a senior at Kansas.
LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton – as old-enough American-born players who completed professional contracts outside the NBA – were automatically eligible.
Otherwise, practically every first-round prospect had to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The NBA allows players to withdraw until 10 days before the draft (whenever that will be). The NCAA typically has an earlier withdrawal deadline for maintaining eligibility, though everything is in flux amid the coronavirus pandemic.
For now, here are all 205 early entrants (163 players from the American system and 42 international players):
Tulane guard Teshaun Hightower, who announced he was declaring for the draft and was since charged with murder, was not included.
Aleksej Pokusevski would be a pick about potential. The Serbian native played last season for Olympiacos’ B team in the Greek second division (although he did get a call up to the main, powerhouse squad, he just rarely played).
Pokusevski wants to continue his development in the NBA — he has declared for the NBA draft.
Pokusevski is 6’11”, can handle the ball and play like a point forward, has shooting range, and has yet to turn 19. There is a lot of potential here, but he’s also a project a long way from competing at an NBA level.
This could well be a draft-and-stash player, with Olympiacos playing and developing him for a few years until he is ready to come across the see. That’s far more likely than him signing a rookie contract and starting the clock for whichever team drafts him.