Twenty-seven players who had declared as early-entry candidates for 2003 NBA Draft officially withdrew their names from the draft by Thursday's deadline. The official list of early-entry candidates is made up of 24 collegiate players, five high school seniors, and 17 international prospects.
Withdrew from draft: Andre Emmett (Texas Tech), Sani Ibrahim (College of Southern Idaho), Antonio Lawrence (San Jose State), Erazem Lorbek (Michigan State), Ricky Minard(Morehead State), Marcus Moore (Washington State), Simeon Naydenov (Louisville), Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Jason Parker (Tulsa), Brian Polk (Temple), Chris Thomas(Notre Dame), Charlie Villanueva (Blair Academy, N.J.), Nick Zachery (Arkansas-Little Rock).
Mauricio Aguiar (Cordon, Uruguay), Pero Antic (AEK, Greece), David Brkic (Virtus Bologna, Italy), Aleksandar Djuric (Kapfenberg, Austria), Viktor Khryapa (CSKA Moscow), Kresimir Loncar (Benetton Treviso, Italy), Misan Nikagbatse (Snaidero Udine, Italy), Pavel Podkolzine (Varese, Italy), Alassane Savadogo (Kadiogo Bulls, Burkina Faso), Blagota Sekulic (Partizan, Serbia/Montenegro), Luka Sjekloca (Buducnost, Serbia/Montenegro), Christos Tapoutos (AEK, Greece), Anderson Varejao (F.C. Barcelona, Spain), Aleksander Vujacic (Snaidero Udine, Italy).