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.
Washington forward Jaden McDaniels has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft:
McDaniels is declaring after one season at the University of Washington.
The 6’10’’ forward started in 21 of his 31 games for the Huskies. He scored 12.9 points per game, to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest.
The Seattle-area native was one of the highest-rated recruits as a senior. He played with his brother Jalen at Federal Way High School. Jalen is currently a rookie with the Charlotte Hornets. Jaden chose to stay home and play for Washington, despite interest from all the major programs.
McDaniels is ranked as a middle of the first-round prospect. Some have him in the late-lottery, while others have him in the early-20s. McDaniels needs to add strength to compete in the NBA. He led the PAC-12 in both turnovers and fouls as a freshman, which indicates a lack of focus at times.
With an 8’11’’ standing reach, McDaniels has the length NBA teams desire on the wing. His offensive game shows flashes of versatility, but his shot is inconsistent. He shot 40.5% for the Huskies. He did knock down 34% of this three-pointers and hit 76% from the free throw line, which are both indicators he could improve the overall percentage.