Early-entry list for NBA Draft is long

05/02/2013 12:45 AM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

When Kansas freshman Ben McLemore declared for the NBA Draft on April 9, he became just the third Jayhawk to leave school after just one season in Lawrence. (The others: Xavier Henry and Josh Selby.)

McLemore’s decision was expected. He is a projected top-five pick — maybe even higher — and actually spent two seasons at Kansas after taking a redshirt for academic reasons in 2011-12.

But even after projected first-round picks Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Isaiah Austin (Baylor) and Adreian Payne (Michigan State) returned to school, the list of early NBA Draft entries is long and crowded. Missouri junior guard Phil Pressey also declared early for the draft — and so did more than 40 other college players.

The list, which was released by the NBA on Wednesday, includes 46 players from U.S. colleges and 31 international players. The draft, which will take place on June 27, features just two rounds and 60 selections.

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