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NBA releases list of 91 underclassmen entering 2015 draft

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NBA releases list of 91 underclassmen entering 2015 draft

The NBA announced 91 players, including 48 from American colleges, have filed as early entry candidates for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Players desiring to enter the draft had until to Sunday to inform the league. They also have until June 15 to withdraw their names from consideration if they have not signed with an agent.

The draft lottery, which will determine the order from 1-14, takes place May 19 with the draft scheduled for June 25.

Freshmen big men Jahlil Okafor (Duke) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky) are projected as the likely top two picks in the draft. Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell, Duke forward Justise Winslow and Kentucky shot blocker Willie Cauley-Stein are underclassmen likely selected in the lottery.

Virginia guard Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian) also entered the draft while Maryland's Melo Trimble and Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera ultimately returned to school.

International players of note include 7-foot-1 center Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia and Croatian guard Mario Hezonja. Both are considered potential lottery selections.

Click here for CSNwashington.com's NBA Mock Draft 2.0 from shortly after the NCAA Tournament.

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EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2015 NBA DRAFT

Player                                                   School                                                   Height                   Status

Cliff Alexander                                    Kansas                                                   6-8                       Freshman

Justin Anderson                                   Virginia                                                  6-6                       Junior

Brandon Ashley                                   Arizona                                                  6-9                        Junior

Devin Booker                                      Kentucky                                              6-6                         Freshman

Willie Cauley-Stein                              Kentucky                                              7-0                         Junior

Sam Dekker                                         Wisconsin                                              6-9                        Junior

Michael Frazier II                                 Florida                                                   6-4                        Junior

Olivier Hanlan                                     Boston College                                     6-4                         Junior

Montrezl Harrell                                  Louisville                                               6-8                        Junior

Aaron Harrison                                    Kentucky                                              6-6                     Sophomore

Andrew Harrison                                 Kentucky                                    6-6                 Sophomore          

Tyler Harvey                                        Eastern Washington                            6-4                      Sophomore

Jerome Hill                                            Gardner-Webb                                     6-5                       Junior

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson                    Arizona                                                  6-7                     Sophomore

R.J. Hunter                                            Georgia State                                        6-5                       Junior

Vince Hunter                                        UTEP                                         6-8          Sophomore          

Charles Jackson                                   Tennessee Tech                                   6-10                      Junior

Dakari Johnson                                    Kentucky                                              7-0                       Sophomore

Stanley Johnson                                  Arizona                                                  6-7                      Freshman

Tyus Jones                                            Duke                                                      6-1                    Freshman

Trevor Lacey                                        North Carolina State                           6-3                          Junior

Kevon Looney                                     UCLA                                                    6-9                        Freshman

Trey Lyles                                             Kentucky                                              6-10                     Freshman

Jarell Martin                                   LSU                                    6-10            Sophomore          

Chris McCullough                               Syracuse                                                6-10                      Freshman

Jordan Mickey                                     LSU                                                        6-8                   Sophomore

Jahlil Okafor                                         Duke                                                      6-11                    Freshman

Kelly Oubre                                           Kansas                                                   6-7                     Freshman

Ashton Pankey                                    Manhattan                                           6-10                        Junior

Cameron Payne                                   Murray State                                        6-2                   Sophomore

Terran Petteway                                  Nebraska                                               6-6                        Junior

Walter Pitchford                                  Nebraska                                               6-10                      Junior

Bobby Portis                                         Arkansas                                               6-11                    Sophomore

Michael Qualls                                     Arkansas                                               6-6                       Junior

Terry Rozier                                          Louisville                                               6-1                    Sophomore

D’Angelo Russell                                 Ohio State                                             6-5                      Freshman

Satnam Singh                                       IMG Academy                          7-1               Post-Graduate     

Jherrod Stiggers                                    Houston                                                6-5                      Junior

Deonta Stocks                                      West Georgia                                        6-1                       Sophomore

Aaron Thomas                                     Florida State                                         6-5                        Junior

J.P. Tokoto                                            North Carolina                                     6-6                       Junior

Karl-Anthony Towns                          Kentucky                                              6-11                       Freshman

Myles Turner                                        Texas                                                     6-11                  Freshman

Robert Upshaw                                    Washington                                          7-0                      Sophomore

Rashad Vaughn                                   UNLV                                                    6-6                       Freshman

Chris Walker                                         Florida                                                   6-10                  Sophomore

Justise Winslow                                    Duke                                                      6-6                    Freshman

Christian Wood                                    UNLV                                                    6-11                   Sophomore

 

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2015 NBA Draft:

Player                                                   Team/Country of Team                   Height                     Status

Alberto Abalde                                     Joventut (Spain)                                  6-7                1995 DOB

Dimitrios Agravanis                            Olympiacos (Greece)                          6-10                 1994 DOB

Wael Arakji                                          Al Riyadi (Lebanon)                           6-4                  1994 DOB

Eleftherios Bochoridis                        Panathinaikos (Greece)                      6-5                   1994 DOB

Beka Burjanadze                                Coruna (Spain)                                    6-8                 1994 DOB

Nedim Buza                                         Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)                    6-8                  1995 DOB

Alexandre Chassang                           ASVEL (France)                                  6-9                  1994 DOB

George de Paula                                   Pinheiros (Brazil)                                 6-6                1996 DOB

Andrey Desyatnikov                           Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)              7-3                   1994 DOB

Moussa Diagne                                    Fuenlabrada (Spain)                           6-11                1994 DOB

Lucas Dias Silva                                  Pinheiros (Brazil)                                 6-9                  1995 DOB

Ognjen Dobric                                      FMP Beograd (Serbia)                        6-6                  1994 DOB

Simone Fontecchio                             Granarolo (Italy)                                 6-7                  1995 DOB

Danilo Fuzaro                                      Minas (Brazil)                                      6-4                 1994 DOB

Marc Garcia                                         Manresa (Spain)                                  6-6                  1996 DOB

Humberto Gomes                                Pinheiros (Brazil)                                 6-5                  1995 DOB

Kevin Harley                                        Poitiers (France)                                   6-6                 1994 DOB

Guillermo Hernangomez                    Sevilla (Spain)                                      6-11                1994 DOB

Juan Alberto Hernangomez              Estudiantes (Spain)                             6-7                     1995 DOB

Mario Hezonja                                    Barcelona (Spain)                               6-8                  1995 DOB

Mouhammadou Jaiteh                      Nanterre (France)                                6-11                  1994 DOB

Alpha Kaba                                          Pau Orthez (France)                            6-10               1996 DOB

Vladislav Korenyuk                            Dnipro (Ukraine)                                  6-11               1994 DOB

Dusan Kutlesic                                     Metalac (Serbia)                                  6-6                1994 DOB

Jonghyun Lee                                       Korea University (Korea)                   6-9                  1994 DOB

Timothe Luwawu                                Antibes (France)                                  6-7                 1995 DOB

Nikola Milutinov                                 Partizan (Serbia)                                  7-0                  1994 DOB

Aleksej Nikolic                                     Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)                    6-3                   1995 DOB

Cedi Osman                                          Anadolu Efes (Turkey)                       6-8                1995 DOB

Miroslav Pasajlic                                 Uzice (Serbia)                                       6-1                1995 DOB

Anzejs Pasecniks                                 VEF Riga (Latvia)                               7-1                  1995 DOB

Oriol Pauli                                             Gran Canaria (Spain)                         6-7                1994 DOB

Kristaps Porzingis                                Sevilla (Spain)                                      7-1               1995 DOB

Nikola Radicevic                                 Sevilla (Spain)                                      6-5                1994 DOB

Djoko Salic                                           Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)                    6-11                1995 DOB

Marko Tejic                                          Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)                     6-10               1995 DOB

Juan Pablo Vaulet                               Bahia Basket (Argentina)                  6-6                   1996 DOB

Aleksandar Vezenkov                        Aris (Greece)                                         6-9               1995 DOB

Adin Vrabac                                         Trier (Germany)                              6-8                   1994 DOB

Rade Zagorac                                      Mega Leks (Serbia)                          6-7                     1995 DOB

Sergiy Zagreba                                     Dnipro (Ukraine)                             7-0                    1994 DOB

Alexandr Zhigulin                                Penas Huesca (Spain)                     6-8                     1994 DOB

Paul Zipser                                            Bayern Munich (Germany)          6-8                      1994 DOB

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Ian Mahinmi

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Ian Mahinmi

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Ian Mahinmi's season...

Player: Ian Mahinmi

Position: Center

Age: 31

2017-18 salary: $15.9 million

2017-18 stats: 77 G, 14.9 mpg, 4.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 55.6 FG%, 00.0 3P%, 70.3 FT%, 55.6 eFG%, 107 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/12 vs. Magic - 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, steal, assist, 7-for-8 FG, 3-for-4 FT

Season review: After missing 51 games in the 2016-17 season, the first of his four-year contract with the Wizards, center Ian Mahinmi managed to stay healthy for the entirety of 2017-18. He appeared in 77 games and gave the Wizards a good look at the player they signed to a $64 million deal in free agency.

Mahinmi was a mainstay in the Wizards' rotation as their backup center. While Marcin Gortat started all 82 games at center, Mahinmi at times got the nod late in games as head coach Scott Brooks favored his defense.

Though Mahinmi was available all season, he still fell short of the numbers he put up in his last year in Indiana, in 2015-16. Mahinmi's minutes per game were his fewest since 2010-11, and his points and rebounds were his fewest since 2013-14. 

Mahinmi's numbers were affected by his low minutes, as he could never quite crack the top six or seven spots in Brooks' rotation. His numbers per 36 minutes, however, were on par with how he played in Indiana before the Wizards signed him to a big contract.

2015-16 per 36: 13.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 1.3 spg

2017-18 per 36: 11.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 1.2 spg

That, of course, only means so much. Mahinmi may have been relatively efficient with his minutes, but the consistency wasn't there to convince Brooks and the coaching staff to increase his role.

It will be interesting to see what the team plans for Mahinmi next season, as this summer could bring changes to their frontcourt. Both of their starting big men - Gortat and Markieff Morris - have one year left on their contracts. If Gortat in particular is dealt, that could open the door for Mahinmi to earn more playing time.

The Wizards could also add to their frontcourt through the draft. If they get a rim-protecting big man in the first round, that could be bad news for Mahinmi's playing time. Like several Wizards players, Mahinmi's role is up in the air entering this summer.

Potential to improve: Finishing around rim, consistency, limiting fouls

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

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Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides might be a good fit

Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides might be a good fit

The University of Kentucky was well-represented at the Wizards' first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, as All-Star point guard John Wall sat courtside to watch a young player who could join him next season in Washington.

The Wizards hosted Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo just days after interviewing him at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Ill., another sign the 19-year-old is a legitimate option for their second round pick, set for 44th overall in next month's draft.

Diallo, who is originally from Queens, NY., said he is friends with Wall, as the two have crossed paths due to the Kentucky connection. 

"I feel like he knows what I'm capable of," Diallo said.

He now hopes the Wizards front office understands what he can do. Diallo is a defensive-minded wing who measured 6-foot-6 (with shoes) at the combine and with a 7-foot wingspan. He had the fifth-best max vertical leap at the combine, coming in at 40.5 inches. He was also the 12th-ranked player in the class of 2017 out of high school.

The measurables and pedigree are impressive, but Diallo's potential has yet to be realized. He didn't play a game despite attending Kentucky in the 2016-17 academic year. He tested the NBA Draft waters last summer before returning to Kentucky to average a modest 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Diallo has already worked out for the Chicago Bulls and will meet with plenty more teams, but is currently projected by most mock drafts to be a second round pick. This time he hired an agent and will definitely be making the leap.

"It feels good this year going through it with both feet in. It's been a great process," he said.

The Wizards like Diallo's defensive ability, his speed and awareness in the open floor and his potential to improve as a shooter. Diallo shot 33.8 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game in the 2017-18 season.

"I hope to show my athleticism and how that plays a big part on the defensive end," Diallo said of his goals in pre-draft workouts.

"[The Wizards] are a team that wants to play fast and they have a fast point guard that needs players to keep up with him. That's what I tried to show in this workout, to show how fast I can play and show how composed I can play."

If the Wizards deem Diallo worth taking a chance on, he would provide a nice fit positionally. Though their second round pick could spend much of next season in the G-League, Diallo plays shooting guard and they have a need behind starter Bradley Beal. 

The Wizards see Tomas Satoransky as a possibility at backup shooting guard and Jodie Meeks is expected to return next season on a player option. But those guys were on the roster in 2017-18 and couldn't fill the void behind Beal, who logged more minutes than all but three players in the league. Meeks is also set to begin the 2018-19 season serving a suspension.

Diallo played at a big-time program and has the athleticism to compete at the NBA level early on. He could help a team improve long-term at guarding the perimeter, an area the Wizards have made strides in but still have a ways to go. That was seen in their playoff series against the Raptors when Toronto averaged 11.0 threes made per game and shot 41 percent.

Though it's early in the draft workout process, the Wizards have made it clear they are interested in Diallo.

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