The NBA released its official early-entry list on Tuesday -- and it’s as ridiculous as expected. The final count was 182 underclassmen declaring for the NBA draft, with 137 of those from the college ranks. Remember, only 60 players can get drafted in late June, and that will include college seniors and international prospects. So most of the college players will return to school, but those who didn’t sign with an agent have until May 24 to make their final decision.
Meanwhile, there are still eight top-50 prospects in the ESPN 100 who have not made a college decision yet. How are these two groups related? Several of the remaining recruits are waiting to see what happens with players declaring for the NBA draft.
We’re not going to run through every team that lost players to the league. For example, Gonzaga did lose Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss, but likely won’t land remaining high schoolers; coach Mark Few will continue to recruit transfers and international prospects as needed.