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.
Syracuse wing Elijah Hughes announced that he’s declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Hughes is leaving the Orange after two years with one season of eligibility left. He had transferred to Syracuse in 2017 after playing his freshman season at East Carolina.
Most draft analysts have Hughes tabbed as a mid-to-late second-round pick. ESPN has him at 57 on their top-100 list.
The 6-foot-6 swingman averaged 19 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior. Like all Syracuse prospects, Hughes will need to re-learn playing man-to-man defense. Hughes played both at the top and along the baseline in the Orange’s 2-3 zone.
The deadline for players to declare as Early Entry Candidates for the 2020 NBA Draft is Sunday, April 26. How, or if, that deadline will be impacted by the NBA’s current suspended season is unknown at this point.