The NBA released the names of the early entry candidates for the NBA draft, and a record-setting 182 players — including 137 from American colleges — were on the list.
The deadline to file with the NBA was Monday night at midnight.
There were 162 total players who filed as early entry candidates a year ago — 117 from colleges and 45 international players. This year, there were also 45 international players, including French point guard Frank Ntilikina, who is considered a potential lottery pick by many NBA executives.
Many of the players — including likely lottery picks Markelle Fultz (Washington), Lonzo Ball (UCLA) and Jayson Tatum (Duke) — have already signed with agents. But the majority will test the NBA’s process, which allows players to retain their college eligibility as long as they withdraw prior to May 24, which is 10 days after the NBA draft combine.
Players also have to notify the NBA of their decision in writing by June 12.
Other prominent names on the list of those who will go through the process include Indiana’s Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson; Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo, who didn’t play after joining the program at the semester; Duke’s Frank Jackson; and Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell.