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.
A year ago, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora tested the waters of the NBA Draft then returned to Louisville for another season.
This time he’s all in — Nwora announced he will enter the NBA Draft.
Nwora is generally considered a late first-/early second-round pick, but in a league where shooting is at a premium Nwora could climb on boards — the man can shoot the rock. The 6’8″ wing shot 40.2% from three last season. That could have teams thinking a “3&D” wing except Nwora was not a great college defender, according to NBC Sports Rob Dauster. He’s got work to do on that end. Nwora has good size (6’8″) and some hops, which also makes him an interesting prospect.
Nwora told Evan Daniels of 247Sports he thought it was time for him to go pro.
“I really just think and feel that now is the best time for me to reach my dreams and I got to go for it,” Nwora said. “Now is the best time for me. I think I did enough at Louisville and now is the best time for me to go.”
The actual date of the NBA Draft, and the entire draft process, remain up in the air as the league is on a coronavirus-forced suspension. The NBA is going to figure out what to do with its regular season and playoffs before focusing on the draft and offseason.