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.
And now three Duke players are testing the NBA draft waters. Point guard Tre Jones is in, as is athletic wing Cassius Stanley.
Now big man Vernon Carey Jr. announced he is in as well.
“We were honored to have Vernon and his family in our program this season,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a released statement. “He had an incredible year, being named one of our team’s Most Valuable Players, the National Freshman of the Year and a consensus All-American. I’m am so proud to have had the opportunity to coach such a tremendous young man. He came every day looking to get better, and I know the best is yet to come for him.”
Carey averaged 17.8 points on 57 percent shooting and pulled down 8.8 rebounds a game this season.
Carey is projected as a late first- or early second-round pick in this draft. He’s a strong, bruising scorer in the post and around the basket who lost weight this season. However, as NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster asked on our recent podcast looking at draft prospects:
“He’s not a guy that is really gonna space the floor. He’s not a guy that is gonna defend on the perimeter. He’s not really a guy that can protect the rim. If you can’t do those things where is your value in the modern NBA?”
The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 25, although teams have asked the league to push back that date into August. Players can enter the draft and, if they don’t sign with an agent, maintain their college eligibility as long as they withdraw by May 29.