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2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who is going and who is staying?

2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who is going and who is staying?

The 2017 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 22, which means the top college basketball players have to make a big decision whether or not they want to return to school or head to the NBA Draft.

All players who are not automatically eligible for the NBA Draft must declare their eligibility by contacting the NBA in writing to state their intentions no later than 60 days before the draft, which falls on April 23, 2017. 

Players may "test the waters" by declaring for the draft but not signing with an agent, meaning they can pull out of the draft process if they do not get the feedback they want before April 23.

Here is the 2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List.

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DECLARING, SIGNING WITH AGENT

— Bam Adebayo: 6-10, PF, Fy. (Kentucky), Late 1st

— Jarrett Allen: 6-11, PF, Fy. (Texas), Lottery to mid-1st

— Ike Anigbogu: 6-10, PF, Fy. (UCLA), Late 2nd

— O.G. Anunoby: 6-8, SF, Soph. (Indiana) Mid 1st

— Dwayne Bacon: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Florida State), 2nd 

— Lonzo Ball: 6-6, PG, Fy. (UCLA), Top 3

— Jordan Bell: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Oregon), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Antonio Blakeney: 6-4, SG, Soph. (LSU)

— Isaiah Briscoe: 6-3, PG, Soph. (Kentucky), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Dillon Brooks: 6-7, SF, Jr. (Oregon), 2nd

— John Collins: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Wake Forest), Mid-to-late 1st

— Zach Collins: 7-0, C, Fy. (Gonzaga), Mid-to-late 1st

— Tyler Dorsey: 6-4, PG/SG, Soph. (Oregon), Mid 1st

— P.J. Dozier, 6-6, PG, Soph. (South Carolina), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Jawun Evans: 6-1, PG, Soph. (Oklahoma State), Late 1st or early 2nd 

— De'Aaron Fox: 6-4, PG, Fy. (Kentucky), Lottery

— Markelle Fultz: 6-4, PG Fy. (Washington), Top 3

— Harry Giles, 6-11, PF, Fy. (Duke), Mid-to-late 1st

— Isaac Humphries: 6-11, PF, Soph. (Kentucky), Undrafted

— Jonathan Isaac: 6-10, PF, Fy. (Florida State), Lottery 

— Josh Jackson: 6-8, SG/SF, Fy. (Kansas), Top 3

— Justin Jackson: 6-8, SF, Jr. (North Carolina), Lottery

— Jaylen Johnson: 6-7, SF/PF, Jr. (Louisville), Undrafted

— Luke Kennard: 6-6, SG, Soph. (Duke), Mid-to-late 1st

— T.J. Leaf: 6-10, PF, Fy. (UCLA), Mid-to-late 1st

— Tyler Lydon: 6-9, SF, Soph. (Syracuse), Late 1st

— Lauri Markkanen: 7-0, PF, Fy. (Arizona), Lottery

— Malik Monk: 6-3, SG, Fy. (Kentucky), Lottery

— Austin Nichols: 6-8, SF, Jr. (Virginia), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Cameron Oliver: 6-8, SF/PF, Soph. (Nevada), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Justin Patton: 7-0, C, Fy. (Creighton), Late lottery to mid-1st

— L.J. Peak: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Georgetown), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Ivan Rabb: 6-8, PF, Soph. (California), Late 1st

— Xavier Rathan-Mayes: 6-4, PG, Jr. (Florida State), Undrafted

— Devin Robinson: 6-8 SF, Jr. (Florida), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Kobi Simmons: 6-5, PG, Fy. (Arizona), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Dennis Smith Jr.: 6-2, PG, Fy. (North Carolina State), Top 5

— Edmond Sumner: 6-6, PG, RS-Soph. (Xavier), Undrafted

— Jayson Tatum: 6-8, SF, Fy. (Duke), Top 5 

— Trevor Thompson: 7-0, C, Jr. (Ohio State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Melo Trimble: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Maryland), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Antoine Warren: 6-10, C, Soph. (Antelope Valley JuCo), Undrafted

— Nigel Williams-Goss: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Gonzaga), Mid-to-late 2nd

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DECLARING WITHOUT SIGNING WITH AGENT

— Shaqquan Aaron: 6-7, PG/SG, Soph. (Southern Cal), Undrafted

— Jaylen Adams: 6-2, PG, Jr. (St. Bonaventure's), Undrafted

— Deng Adel: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Louisville), Undrafted

— Rawle Alkins: 6-5, PG, Fy. (Arizona), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Mark Alstork: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Wright State), Undrafted

— Jaylen Barford: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Arkansas), Undrafted

— Trae Bell-Haynes: 6-2, PG, Jr. (Vermont), Undrafted

— Joel Berry II: 6-0, PG, Jr. (North Carolina), Undrafted

— James Blackmon Jr.: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Indiana), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Trevon Bluiett: 6-6, SG, Jr. (Xavier), Late 2nd

— Bennie Boatwright: 6-10, SF/PF, Soph. (Southern Cal), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Jacobi Boykins: 6-6, SF, Jr. (Louisiana Tech), Undrafted

— Tony Bradley: 6-10, C, Fy. (North Carolina), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Thomas Bryant: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Indiana), Mid 2nd

— Rodney Bullock: 6-8,  SF, Jr. (Providence), Undrafted

— Khadeen Carrington: 6-4, SG, Jr. (Seton Hall), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Jevon Carter: 6-2, PG, Jr. (West Virginia), Undrafted

— Jeffrey Carroll: 6-6, SG, Jr. (Oklahoma State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Joseph Chartouny: 6-2, SG, Soph. (Fordham), Undrafted

— Chance Comanche, 6-11, PF, Soph. (Arizona), Undrafted

— Angel Delgado: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Seton Hall), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Hamidou Diallo: 6-6, SG, Fy. (Kentucky), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Vince Edwards: 6-8, SF, Jr. (Purdue), Late 2nd to undrafted

— John Egbunu: 6-11, C, Jr. (Florida), Late 2nd to undrafted

— John Elmore: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Marshall), Undrafted

— Obi Enechionyia: 6/10, PF, Jr. (Temple), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Drew Eubanks: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Oregon State), Late 2nd

— Tacko Fall: 7-6, C, Jr. (Central Florida), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Donte Grantham: 6-8, PF, Jr. (Clemson), Undrafted

— Isaac Haas: 7-2, C, Jr. (Purdue), Late 2nd

— Aaron Holiday: 6-1, PG, Soph. (UCLA), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Chandler Hutchison: 6-7, PG/SG, Jr. (Boise State), Undrafted

— Frank Jackson: 6-3, PG, Fy. (Duke), Late 2nd

— Justin Jackson: 6-7, SF, Fy. (Maryland), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Alize Johnson: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Missouri State), Undrafted

— B.J. Johnson: 6-7, SF, Jr. (La Salle), Undrafted

— Robert Johnson: 6-3, PG/SG, Soph. (Indiana), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Andrew Jones: 6-4, PG, Fy. (Texas), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Kerem Kanter: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Green Bay), Undrafted

— Ted Kapita: 6-8, PF, Fy. (North Carolina State), Undrafted

— Marcus Keene: 5-9, PG, Jr. (Central Michigan), Late 2nd to undrafted

— George King: 6-6, SG, Jr. (Colorado), Undrafted

— Kyle Kuzma: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Utah), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Khadeem Lattin: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Oklahoma), Undrafted

— William Lee, 6-8, PF,  Jr. (UAB), Undrafted

— Daryl Macon: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Arkansas) Undrafted

— Marin Maric: 6-11, PF/C, Jr. (Northern Illinois), Undrafted

— Yante Matten: 6-8, PF, Jr. (Georgia), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Markis McDuffie: 6-8, SF/PF, Soph. (Wichita State), Undrafted

— MiKyle McIntosh: 6-7, SF, RS-Sr. (Ilinois State), Undrafted

— Eric Mika: 6-10, PF, Soph. (BYU), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Donovan Mitchell: 6-3, SG, Soph. (Louisville), Late 1st

— Shaq Morris: 6-8, PF, Jr. (Wichita State) Undrafted

— Johnathan Motley: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Baylor), Early 2nd

— Svi Mykhailiuk: 6-8, SG/SF, Jr. (Kansas), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Semi Ojeleye: 6-7, PF, Jr. (SMU), Late 1st to early 2nd

— Maverick Rowan: 6-7, SF, Soph. (North Carolina State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Corey Sanders: 6-2, PG, Soph. (Rutgers), Undrafted

— Victor Sanders: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Idaho), Undrafted

— Jaaron Simmons: 6-1, PG, Jr. (Ohio), Undrafted

— Jaren Sina: 6-2, SG, Jr. (George Washington) Undrafted

— Zach Smith: 6-8, SF/PF, Jr. (Texas Tech), Undrafted

— Caleb Swanigan: 6-9, PF, Soph. (Purdue), Mid-to-late 1st

— James Thompson: 6-10, PF/C, Soph. (Eastern Michigan), Undrafted

— Stephen Thompson Jr.: 6-4, SG, Soph. (Oregon State), Undrafted

— Trevor Thompson: 7-0, C, Jr. (Ohio State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Craig Victor: 6-9, PF, Jr. (LSU), Undrafted

— Mortiz Wagner: 6-11, PF, Soph. (Michigan), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Tevonn Walker: 6-2, PG/SG, Jr. (Valparaiso), Undrafted

— Thomas Welsh: 7-0, C, Jr. (UCLA), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Thomas Wilder: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Western Michigan), undrafted

— Johnathan Williams: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Gonzaga) Late 2nd to undrafted

— D.J. Wilson: 6-10, SF/PF, Soph. (Michigan), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Omer Yurtseven: 7-0, C, Fy. (North Carolina State), Early 2nd

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RETURNING TO SCHOOL

— Grayson Allen: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Duke)

— Jalen Adams: 6-2, SG, Soph. (UConn)

— Tyus Battle: 6-6, PG/SG, Fy. (Syracuse)

— Mikal Bridges: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Villanova)

— Miles Bridges: 6-7, G/F, Fy. (Michigan State)

— Marques Bolden: 6-11, C, Fy. (Duke)

— Bruce Brown: 6-5, SG, Fy. (Miami)

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

— Devonte' Graham: 6-2, SG, Jr. (Kansas)

— Ethan Happ: 6-20, PF, Soph. (Wisconsin)

— E.C. Matthews: 6-45, SG, Jr. (Rhode Island)

— Elijah Stewart: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Southern Cal), Undrafted

— Allonzo Trier: 6-5, SG, Soph. (Arizona)

— Robert Williams: 6-9, PF, Fy. (Texas A&M)

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Kobe Bryant received a standing ovation for his final game in DC, then went off

Kobe Bryant received a standing ovation for his final game in DC, then went off

When the Lakers traveled to D.C. on Dec. 2, 2015, for what was Kobe Bryant’s last game in Washington, they were out to one of their worst starts in franchise history.

At 2-15, Los Angeles was in the midst of a 17-win season—still the lowest win total the franchise has ever had. But the 2015-16 campaign will always stand out in the memories of Lakers fans for being the final season of five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant. He announced prior to the year that it’d be his last, setting the stage for a farewell tour as he traveled to opposing arenas for the final time.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. His death sent shockwaves across the sports landscape, prompting players, fans, coaches and team executives from across the globe to reminisce on some of his greatest moments and achievements.

During that final season, Bryant is most remembered for scoring 60 points in his final game. But those vintages performances were few and far between, as he statistically had the worst year of his career.

Washington wasn’t so fortunate to catch him on one of those off nights.

The Lakers were playing in the second game of a back-to-back, but 37-year-old Bryant wasn’t taking the night off. After receiving a tribute on the scoreboard and standing ovation from the crowd of just over 20,000, Bryant came out of the gates looking like the Mamba of old. He scored 18 points in the first half on 5-of-11 shooting (.455) as Los Angeles went into the break up 57-51.

Heading into the contest, Bryant was averaging just 15.8 points per game. His season high to that point was 24, which he scored in the season opener.

John Wall wouldn’t let the Wizards, who entered the game 7-8 on the year, go down quietly. He flirted with a triple-double, scoring a game-high 34 points with 11 assists and seven rebounds. The Wizards closed the gap and held a one-point lead with a minute to go.

That’s when Bryant took matters into his own hands.

On the ensuing possession, he found some separation and sank a three-pointer to put the Lakers up by two. Marcin Gortat forced in a layup seven seconds later, so Bryant worked himself into a one-on-one situation with Bradley Beal and hit a fadeaway jumper with the same form that had kids everywhere shouting, “Kobe!” every time they shot a crumpled-up sheet of paper into a trash can.

The shot gave Los Angeles a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, and Bryant finished the night with 31 points—including 12 in the fourth quarter.

Washington would get its revenge, beating Bryant and the Lakers on the West Coast later that year. But of all the moments throughout his farewell tour, Bryant’s turn-back-the-clock performance in D.C. stands out as one of his best.

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Remembering Kobe Bryant's 55-point game in his last matchup against Michael Jordan

Remembering Kobe Bryant's 55-point game in his last matchup against Michael Jordan

As the basketball world mourns the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, memories of his career and the highlights that made us fall in love with him are surfacing. One of the most well-told narratives of Bryant’s 20-year career was his pursuit of Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all-time. 

Bryant idolized Jordan and was relentless in his pursuit of at least matching Jordan’s six championships. He competed like Jordan, scored like Jordan, berated teammates and opponents alike like Jordan and came up one title short of his idol’s total.

On one night, however, Bryant did get the best of His Airness -- in their last of eight head-to-head matchups. 

On March 28, 2003, a Friday night in Los Angeles, Bryant put on a show, scoring 55 points in what would stand as his highest scoring total ever against the Washington Wizards.

The Lakers defeated the Wizards, 108-94. Jordan, who had just turned 40 that February and was less than a month from ending his legendary career, finished with a team-high 23 points in over 40 minutes.

Bryant was in a different zone, though, dropping 42 points in the first half alone. Through the first two quarters, he made 14 of 19 shots from the field, including 8 of 11 three-point attempts. While he cooled off in the second half, shooting just 1-for-10, he added to his point total by knocking down 10 free throws. The performance stands as the ninth-highest scoring total of Bryant’s career, and his three-point shooting that night -- 9-of-13 -- is the biggest reason the Wizards are the only team he shot over 40 percent from three against in his career.

Going into that game, Bryant was already a three-time NBA champion at 24 years old and seemed to have gained Jordan’s respect as a player. But Jordan may have inadvertendly fueled Bryant's performance that night. Ex-Wizard Gilbert Arenas told a story on "The No Chill Podcast" of MJ telling Bryant he could never fill his shoes after the Wizards defeated the Lakers earlier in the season. Arenas claims Bryant didn't talk to his teammates for two weeks leading up to the rematch -- he internalized the jab from Jordan and turned it into the 55-point game he put up against the Wizards.

After learning of Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Jordan released a statement through his spokeswoman saying Bryant was like a little brother to him.

“I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling," the statement read. "I loved Kobe -- he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply -- and took pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.”


Jordan and Bryant exchanged some fun and memorable banter in not only that game but in several of their meetings towards the latter part of Jordan’s career. Just a month earlier, the two went head-to-head in the 2003 All-Star Game. Each started, and clocked 36 minutes, in the double-overtime game, Bryant scoring 22 points for the winning Western Conference, Jordan scoring 20 for the East.

Bryant actually finished his career with a 5-3 head-to-head record against Jordan -- four of those matchups coming against the Wizards. Jordan averaged 24.5 points in those games and Bryant averaged 22.8 points. Whether Bryant actually surpassed Jordan or other legends as the greatest basketball player is debatable, but most agree that Bryant’s style and how he approached the game was as close to Jordan as any other player.

There was no better example of this than that March night in 2003.

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