Early Applicants for the NBA Draft

By Zachery Bonzheim



The NBA Draft is a couple of months away and the early entry period is almost over. Players can declare for the draft until April 24 and withdraw any time until May 24 while maintaining their NCAA eligibility, as long as they don’t hire agents, meaning within the next 5 days, we should see a lot more test the waters. This policy allows these student-athletes see their chances in the NBA, get professional feedback on what to improve on, and gain the overall professional experience. The NBA Draft itself is June 22, 2017, 4:00 PM on ESPN, with the location to be determined. This all matters because if a lot of these declared players who have not hired an agent leave, some of the top predicted teams for next season may take some huge blows. Say USC loses Shaqquan Aaron, Bennie Boatwright, and Elijah Stewart; or Indiana loses OG Anunoby in addition to James Blackmon Jr., Thomas Bryant, and Robert Johnson; or Michigan loses D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner. These three teams currently all sit uncertainly of the fates regarding their best players. Many more colleges such as Purdue and Arizona still do not know the fates of some of their best players. This very list is why “Way Too Early Top 25’s” do not hold much importance.

Below is a list of NCAA players who have made their decisions in regards to next year. All seniors for the 2016-17 season are automatically eligible for the draft and do not have to decide. This list is long and complete as of April, 18th, but more and more players will make decisions within the next few days.


Declared With Agent

Markelle Fultz — 6-4, Fr., G (Washington)

Josh Jackson — 6-8, Fr., F (Kansas)

Lonzo Ball — 6-6, Fr., G (UCLA)

T.J. Leaf — 6-10, Fr., F (UCLA)

Dennis Smith Jr. — 6-3, Fr., G (N.C. State)

Omer Yurtseven — 7-0, Fr., C (N.C. State)

De’Aaron Fox — 6-3, Fr., G (Kentucky)

Malik Monk — 6-3, Fr., G (Kentucky)

Jayson Tatum — 6-8, Fr., F (Duke)

Harry Giles — 6-10, Fr., F (Duke)

Lauri Markkanen — 7-0, Fr., F (Arizona)

Zach Collins — 7-0, Fr., C (Gonzaga)

Kobi Simmons — 6-5, Fr., G (Arizona)

Justin Patton — 7-0, Fr., C (Creighton)

Jonathan Isaac — 6-10, Fr., F (Florida State)

Dwayne Bacon — 6-7, So., G (Florida State)

Luke Kennard — 6-6, So., G (Duke)

Ivan Rabb — 6-11, So., F (Cal)

Jawun Evans — 6-1, So., G (Oklahoma State)

Tyler Lydon —  6-9, So., F (Syracuse)

Edmond Sumner — 6-6, So., G (Xavier)

Isaiah Briscoe — 6-3, So., G (Kentucky)

Isaac Humphries — 7-0, So., F (Kentucky)

OG Anunoby — 6-8, So., F (Indiana)

Tyler Dorsey — 6-4, So., G (Oregon)

Dillon Brooks — 6-7, Jr., F (Oregon)

Jordan Bell — 6-9, Jr., F (Oregon)

Justin Jackson — 6-8, Jr., F (North Carolina)

Nigel Williams-Goss — 6-3, Jr., G (Gonzaga)

Melo Trimble — 6-3, Jr., G (Maryland)

Austin Nichols — 6-9, Jr., F (Virginia; dismissed from team in November)

L.J. Peak — 6-5, Jr., G (Georgetown)


Declared Without an Agent

Shaqquan Aaron, SF, USC (sophomore)

Jaylen Adams, PG, St. Bonaventure

Bam Adebayo, F/C, Kentucky (freshman)

Deng Adel, F, Louisville (sophomore)

Jashaun Agosto, G, Long Island (freshman)

Rawle Alkins, SG, Arizona (freshman)

Mark Alstork, SG, Wright State (junior)

Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA (freshman)

Jaylen Barford, G, Arkansas (junior)

James Blackmon Jr., SG, Indiana (junior)

Antonio Blakeney, SG, LSU (sophomore)

Trevon Bluiett, SF, Xavier (junior)

Bennie Boatwright, PF, USC (sophomore)

Tony Bradley, C, UNC (freshman)

Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana (sophomore)

Rodney Bullock, F, Providence (junior)

Khadeen Carrington, SG, Seton Hall (junior)

Jeffrey Carroll, G/F, Oklahoma State (junior)

Joseph Chartouny, G, Fordham (sophomore)

Donte Clark, G/F, UMass (junior)

Chance Comanche, F/C, Arizona (sophomore)

Angel Delgado, PF, Seton Hall (junior)

Vince Edwards, SF, Purdue (junior)

John Egbunu, C, Florida (center)

Jon Elmore, SG, Marshall (junior)

Obi Enechionyia, PF, Temple (junior)

Drew Eubanks, C, Oregon State (sophomore)

Tacko Fall, C, UCF (sophomore)

Brandon Goodwin, G, FGCU (junior)

Isaac Haas, C, Purdue (junior)

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA (sophomore)

Chandler Hutchison, SG, Boise State (junior)

B.J. Johnson, SF, La Salle (junior)

Jaylen Johnson, PF, Louisville (junior)

Robert Johnson, SG, Indiana (junior)

Andrew Jones, PG, Texas (freshman)

Kerem Kanter, PF, Green Bay (junior)

Marcus Keene, PG, Central Michigan (junior)

Braxton Key, F, Alabama (freshman)

William Lee, PF, UAB (junior)

Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah (junior)

Daryl Macon, G, Arkansas (junior)

Yante Maten, PF, Georgia (junior)

Markis McDuffie, SF, Wichita State (sophomore)

MiKyle McIntosh, SF, Illinois State (junior)

Eric Mika, F/C, BYU (sophomore)

Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville (sophomore)

Johnathan Motley, PF, Baylor (junior)

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, Kansas (junior)

Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU (junior)

Cameron Oliver, PF, Nevada (sophomore)

Randy Onwuasor, SG, Southern Utah (junior)

Maverick Rowan, SG, N.C. State (sophomore)

Corey Sanders, PG, Rutgers (sophomore)

Jaaron Simmons, PG, Ohio (junior)

Fred Sims, G, Chicago State (sophomore)

Elijah Stewart, SG, USC (junior)

Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue (sophomore)

Stephen Thompson, SG, Oregon State (sophomore)

Trevor Thompson, C, Ohio State (junior)

Moritz Wagner, C, Michigan (sophomore)

Thomas Welsh, C, UCLA (junior)

Thomas Wilder, G, Western Michigan (junior)

D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan (sophomore)

Omer Yurtseven, C, North Carolina State (freshman)


Notables Returning to College

Miles Bridges — 6-7, Fr., F (Michigan State)

Robert Williams — 6-9, Fr., F (Texas A&M)

Tyus Battle — 6-6, Fr., G (Syracuse)

Allonzo Trier — 6-5, So., G (Arizona)

Grayson Allen — 6-5, Jr., G (Duke)

E.C. Matthews — 6-5, Jr., G (Rhode Island)

Marcus Foster — 6-3, Jr., G (Creighton)


Notables Undecided

Ethan Happ — 6-10, So., F (Wisconsin)

Joel Berry II — 6-0, Jr., G (North Carolina)


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