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NBA draft early entries

NEW YORK -- Thursday was the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA draft. Here is an updated list of American college underclassmen and high school seniors who've declared as early-entry candidates, as well as a list of international players under 21 eligible to be drafted on June 24.

Chris Acker
College: Chaminade
Class: Junior | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185


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Trevor Ariza
College: UCLA
Class: Freshman | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 200
2003-04 Stats: 11.6 ppg | 6.5 rpg
Andy Katz's take: The Bruins were a bit miffed by this decision. So, too, were the NBA scouts. But Ariza isn't returning to college after signing with agent.
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Brandon Bender
College: Robert Morris (Ill.)
Class: Junior | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 240
2003-04 Stats: 14.4 ppg | 10.9 rpg
Andy Katz's take: This goes down as another player who simply wants to see his name on a list but has almost no shot at making it in the two-round draft. Bender clearly ran out of options after leaving Louisville in 2002, and thought he would try the NBA this year.


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Evan Burns
College: San Diego State
Class: Freshman | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 205


Jackie Butler
School: McComb H.S. (Miss.)
Position: Forward | Ht: 6-10 | Wt: 260
2003-04 Stats: 19.5 ppg | 17.3 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Butler was the center of the Auburn investigation so it's no surprise that he declared for the draft. Butler originally signed with Mississippi State and then signed with Tennessee this season. The Vols knew he was a longshot. He has been thinking NBA for a long time. He's a second-round pick at best.


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Josh Childress
College: Stanford
Class: Junior | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 205
2003-04 Stats: 15.7 ppg | 7.5 rpg
Andy Katz's take:The Cardinal believed Childress wouldn't test the draft process. But they were wrong. And now they won't get him back. Childress is being billed as a lottery pick, so he couldn't help but bolt Stanford, although he loved Stanford and the Cardinal would have been really good again with him next season. But the lure of the lottery was too tempting.
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Cortez Davis
School: Rutgers
Class: Freshman | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-7 | Wt: 185


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Luol Deng
College: Duke
Class: Freshman | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 220
2003-04 Stats: 15.1 ppg | 6.9 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Deng's decision was a tough one. He knows he needed another year to be a better player. He could have use his sophomore season to become more selective in his shooting, improve his ballhandling and become a more effective wing. But there was incredible financial family pressure. Now that he's decided not to return to Duke, Deng could go as high as the third pick overall, likely to Chicago. It was a hard call, but Deng will stay in the draft because the opportunity is too good to pass up.
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Ben Gordon
College: Connecticut
Class: Junior | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 200
2003-04 Stats: 18.5 ppg | 4.7 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Not much more Gordon could do after winning the national title and being the go-to guy for the Huskies during the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies expected him to depart, so they've been planning on his departure all season.
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Devin Harris
College: Wisconsin
Class: Junior | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 175
2003-04 Stats: 19.3 ppg | 4.4 rpg | 4.5 apg
Andy Katz's take: Harris agonized over the decision. But he now has a chance to be in the top seven in the draft. If he returned to Wisconsin, he could have been the national player of the year. But the financial security was again too hard for him to pass up. Wisconsin still thought he could return, but Wednesday's announcement made things official -- he's gone.

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David Harrison
College: Colorado
Class: Junior | Position: Center | Ht: 7-0 | Wt: 270
2003-04 Stats: 17.1 ppg | 8.8 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Harrison decided to stay in the draft, which means he's got to dedicate himself to get into the first round or it will be a waste. Harrison has first-round talent but has been inconsistent at times at Colorado. He's got the body to demand a high pick. Now he's got to prove it in workouts for NBA teams.

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JaQuan Hart
College: Eastern Michigan
Class: Junior | Position: Guard/Forward | Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 170
2003-04 Stats: 10.5 ppg | 3.2 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Hart has bounced around during his collegiate experience. This is just another chapter. No one expects him to be picked. If he were smart, he wouldn't have closed all of his options just yet.


Dwight Howard
School: Atlanta Christian H.S.
Position: Forward | Ht: 6-11 | Wt: 245
2003-04 Stats: 25.5 ppg | 8.0 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Howard was likely gone last summer when he was being discussed as a possible lottery pick. Now he's either the first or second selection overall. Schools stopped recruiting him because they knew he wasn't going to look at college.
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Kris Humphries
College: Minnesota
Class: Freshman | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 240
2003-04 Stats: 21.7 ppg | 10.1 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Humphries was one of the best scorers in the country last season. Still, he's a borderline first-round pick ... but he's not looking back. The Gophers knew he was likely one-and-done when he asked for a release from Duke and said he wanted to come home. His overall production will be hard to replace.

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Sani Ibrahim
College: Gulf Coast CC (Florida)
Class: Sophomore | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-10 | Wt: 245
2002-03 Stats: 14.6 ppg | 10.8 rpg


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Andre Iguodala
College: Arizona
Class: Sophomore | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 207
2003-04 Stats: 12.9 ppg | 8.4 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Iguodala has made it clear that he's not going to return to Arizona. He's a late lottery pick so the move makes sense. The Wildcats needed to know his status so they could try and recruit another player at his position this summer. He'll be missed next season. His overall points, rebounds and assists will be hard to replace.
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Al Jefferson
School: Prentiss H.S. (Miss.)
Position: Forward | Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 265
2003-04 Stats: 42.6 ppg | 18.0 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Jefferson has climbed up the draft charts. He's starting to look like a late lottery selection, or at the very least, middle of the first round. He's not that flashy, but scouts love the way he gets dirty and finds a way to the basket. He's projected to be better than Kendrick Perkins and Travis Outlaw, two high school seniors who went in the first round last year. But his work ethic is what impressed scouts. They love his desire to get better. One team told ESPN.com that "this kid really wants it," and that gave him high marks rather than feeling like he's entitled to being a lottery pick.
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Shaun Livingston
School: Peoria H.S. (Ill.)
Position: Guard | Ht: 6-7 | Wt: 180
2003-04 Stats: 18.0 ppg | 6.0 rpg | 6.0 apg
Andy Katz's take: Livingston had to declare. He's simply going too high in the draft to turn down the opportunity. NBA scouts know that he could use one to two years of college to toughen and strengthen himself. But they're still willing to take him high in the lottery, as high as No. 4 to Charlotte. That's too good to pass up. He likely won't ever play for Duke.
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Kevin Martin
College: Western Carolina
Class: Junior | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-7 | Wt: 185
2003-04 Stats: 24.9 ppg | 4.8 rpg
Andy Katz's take: This could have been like Ricky Minard of Morehead State last season. But Martin decided to not return to school after a nice coming-out party at the Chicago pre-draft camp. He's a borderline second-round pick.
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Emeka Okafor
College: Connecticut
Class: Junior | Position: Forward/Center | Ht: 6-10 | Wt: 252
2003-04 Stats: 17.6 ppg | 11.5 rpg
Andy Katz's take: UConn coach Jim Calhoun said it was a pleasure to coach Okafor throughout his career. Okafor graduated in three years. He's given more to Connecticut than the school could have imagined. He's a top two pick and the Huskies have no regrets about him leaving. They feel it was blessing to have him this long.
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Randall Orr
School: Georgia Perimeter College
Class: Sophomore | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-10 | Wt: 270


Jason Parker
School: Kentucky (2000-01)
Class: Junior | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 245


Donta Smith
College: Southeastern Illinois College
Class: Sophomore | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-7 | Wt: 230
2003-04 Stats: 25.0 ppg
Andy Katz's take: This one shocked the Louisville coaching staff. They never figured the JUCO small forward would declare for the draft. They shouldn't be worried. He'll likely get humbled fast and realize he's not close to being in the first round, let alone the second right now, and go back to school. But the fact that he thinks he's ready is still remarkable.


Josh Smith
School: Oak Hill Academy
Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 220
2003-04 Stats: 16.2 ppg | 12.0 rpg
Andy Katz's take: This one hurts Indiana. Smith will likely go lottery, but NBA scouts say he doesn't know how to play yet. He could have used a few years in Bloomington under Mike Davis. The Hoosiers got headlines when they signed him. This is a lesson not to get too jazzed about commitments of possible NBA early-entrants.
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J.R. Smith
School: St. Benedict's (N.J.)
Position: Guard | Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 210
2003-04 Stats: 23.3 ppg | 5.4 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Smith is considered to be a great talent. He could go as high as in the later half of the lottery. He'll likely impress scouts when he does individual workouts this month and in June. Scouts love his big-time range as a shooter and his athleticism. Some team will likely bite and take him in the late lottery or mid-teens at the latest. He hired an agent on May 20, so he won't be wearing Tar Heel blue next season.
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Kirk Snyder
College: Nevada
Class: Junior | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 225
2003-04 Stats: 18.8 ppg | 5.7 rpg
Andy Katz's take: The Wolf Pack were a bit surprised that Snyder didn't leave his options open. He said he wanted to stay in the draft. It's an odd move, considering he's not a lock for the first round. The Wolf Pack will have a hard time replacing his production next season.
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Robert Swift
School: Bakersfield (Calif.) High School
Position: Center | Ht: 7-0 | Wt: 225
2003-04 Stats: 18.8 ppg | 15.9 rpg | 6.2 bpg
Andy Katz's take: Swift has been projected as a first-round pick since last summer. NBA teams love his skills for a big man and don't necessarily think he needs to go to college. But he hasn't ruled out going to USC. Henry Bibby has supported Swift's decision throughout the season. He wasn't surprised by him declaring Wednesday. If Swift is in the first round, anywhere in the first round, then expect him to stay in the draft. He doesn't have to be in the lottery to forego college.
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Sebastian Telfair
School: Lincoln H.S. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Position: Guard | Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 175
2003-04 Stats: 31.0 ppg | 8.0 apg | 3.0 spg
Andy Katz's take: The debate continues to rage as to whether Telfair should be classified as a special talent. The Clippers are supposedly the one team in the lottery that could take him. If they don't, then Telfair could slide down to the middle or late first. There is a comparison being made to Rafer Alston, who was a New York City playground legend. It took Alston a few years to find his groove in the NBA before settling with the Heat this season. Telfair has been groomed to make the jump with his cousin being Stephon Marbury, and all the publicity, like a "Slam" photo spread, the cover of SI and his games being televised by ESPN this season.
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Harvey Thomas
College: Baylor
Class: Junior | Position: Forward | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 205
2003-04 Stats: 15.6 ppg | 5.5 rpg
Andy Katz's take: This didn't come as a shock to anyone at Baylor. Thomas was never too thrilled to be in school. He's a borderline draft pick, but he obviously wanted nothing to do with Waco once he had options in the spring. He had to go to school in the fall after the tragedy last summer. He couldn't declare for the draft and sit home until the spring.


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Delonte West
College: Saint Joseph's
Class: Junior | Position: Guard | Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 180
2003-04 Stats: 18.9 ppg | 5.4 rpg
Andy Katz's take: NBA Scouts are intrigued by his game and he entered the Chicago pre-draft camp with a chance to get a first-round slot. But he wasn't impressive enough playing the point to get any guarentees. So, why didn't he return? Good question. West would have been a player of the year candidate and the preseason favorite to win player of the year honors in the A-10 -- just like Jameer Nelson. In fact, Nelson's senior season should have told West all he needed to know, but West is his own man, and is now a second-round pick at best next week.
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Dorell Wright
School: South Kent Prep School (Conn.)
Position: Guard | Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 210
2003-04 Stats: 30.0 ppg | 10.0 rpg
Andy Katz's take: Wright said he would declare and only stay in the draft if he's in the top 20 in the draft. He's not. But he still wants to go to the Chicago pre-draft camp to see where he stands. Wright needs lots of work on his ball skills. He's a great athlete but he's not ready to make the jump. He should be at DePaul in the fall.
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