NBA Draft Early Entries 2019: Full List of Underclassmen Declarations

With the draft just around the corner, underclassmen have to decide if they should remain in the draft or go back to school. There are a few players who decided to go back to school who I think really should have stayed in the draft. This opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance, you always have the ability to go back to school and get your education.
But your basketball window is very small.
Here are two players who should have kept their name in the draft.

Jordan Nwora

Chris Mack was probably very pleased when he heard that Jordan Nwora was coming back to Louisville for his junior season. Nwora had a breakout season in 2018-2019 averaging 17 ppg, grabbing 7.6 rebounds and being a deadly shooter. He improved drastically from his freshman season where he averaged only 5.7 ppg and 2.2 rebounds. He also had his playing time increase by 20 minutes from his freshman year. Nwora was most likely going to float around in the second round and he could improve his stock by going back to Louisville. But there have been too many cases of players who can’t put up the same numbers or improve once they return to school. Example being former Maryland guard Melo Trimble, who after have a shocking freshman season and would have been a late first round early second round pick decided to go back to school. He never really improved his game and scouts were able to see the weakness in Trimble’s game. Plus the NBA always needs players like Nwora, a 6’8″ forward who can shoot the ball and also defend. I believe he should have stayed in the draft with this year being such a weak class overall.

Killian Tillie

Tillie is an all-around big who can do a little bit of everything on the offensive end of the floor and is one of the best players on a very good Gonzaga team. Although they are happy in Spokane that Tillie has decided to return to school he probably should have stayed in this years draft,. Mainly due to the fact that it is such a weak draft and Tillie was already projected to be a mid-second round pick. Probably the main reason Tillie decided to return to school is due to the injuries he suffered last season in which he only appeared in 15 games, but when he does play he is one of the best bigs in the country. I think by going back to school Tillie will only hurt his stock if there continue to be injury problems for him, teams will be less likely to take the risk of drafting a guy who is always hurt. If he stayed in the draft he would have had a great chance of being selected despite the injury problems due to the weakness of this particular draft.

Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Blackshear had a great year this past season at Virginia Tech where we averaged 14.9 ppg, 7.5 rebounds and improved as a three-point shooter. Blackshear became a go-to-guy for the Hokies after losing lead guard Justin Robinson to injury. During that period Blackshear really took over and dominated. He was able to show his versatility on the court being able to score down low, shoot the ball and create his own shot off the dribble. There is little to gain in his draft stock by going back to school unless he is able to show that he can really put up around 20 a game and be at an All-American level. Not only that but he is a graduate transfer and will look to pick a new school for the upcoming season after the departure of head coach Buzz Williams, who is now coaching at Texas A&M. Interesting decision by Blackshear to take his name out of the draft.
A full look at the early entries can be seen below.

2019 NBA Draft Early Entries

Milan AcquaahCalifornia Baptist6-3Sophomore
Bryce AikenHarvard6-0Junior
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerVirginia Tech6-5Sophomore
Al-Wajid AminuNorth Florida6-7Junior
Desmond BaneTCU6-5Junior
RJ BarrettDuke6-7Freshman
Charles BasseyWestern Kentucky6-11Freshman
Tyus BattleSyracuse6-6Junior
Troy Baxter Jr.FGCU6-8Sophomore
Darius BazleyPrinceton HS (OH)6-9Post-Graduate
Kerry Blackshear Jr.Virginia Tech6-10Junior
Phil BledsoeGlenville State (WV)6-6Junior
Bol BolOregon7-2Freshman
Marques BoldenDuke6-11Junior
Jordan BoneTennessee6-3Junior
Ky BowmanBoston College6-1Junior
DaQuan BraceyLouisiana Tech5-11Junior
Keith BraxtonSt. Francis (PA)6-4Junior
Ignas BrazdeikisMichigan6-7Freshman
Oshae BrissettSyracuse6-8Sophomore
Armoni BrooksHouston6-3Junior
Charlie Brown Jr.St. Joseph’s6-7Sophomore
Moses BrownUCLA7-1Freshman
Nico CarvachoColorado State6-11Junior
Yoeli ChildsBYU6-8Junior
Brandon ClarkeGonzaga6-8Junior
Nicolas ClaxtonGeorgia6-11Sophomore
Amir CoffeyMinnesota6-8Junior
RJ ColeHoward6-1Sophomore
Tyler CookIowa6-9Junior
Anthony Cowan Jr.Maryland6-0Junior
Jarrett CulverTexas Tech6-5Sophomore
Jarron CumberlandCincinnati6-5Junior
Caleb DanielsTulane6-4Sophomore
Tulio Da SilvaMissouri State6-8Junior
Aubrey DawkinsUCF6-6Junior
Javin DeLaurierDuke6-10Junior
Silvio De SousaKansas6-9Sophomore
Mamadi DiakiteVirginia6-9Junior
Alpha DialloProvidence6-7Junior
James DickeyUNCG6-10Junior
David DiLeoCentral Michigan6-7Junior
Davon DillardShaw (NC)6-5Junior
Luguentz DortArizona State6-4Freshman
Devon DotsonKansas6-2Freshman
Jason DraggsLee College (TX)6-9Freshman
Aljami DurhamIndiana6-4Sophomore
Carsen EdwardsPurdue6-1Junior
CJ EllebyWashington State6-6Freshman
Steven EnochLouisville6-10Junior
Bruno FernandoMaryland6-10Sophomore
Jaylen FisherTCU6-2Junior
Savion FlaggTexas A&M6-7Sophomore
Daniel GaffordArkansas6-11Sophomore
Darius GarlandVanderbilt6-2Freshman
Eugene GermanNorthern Illinois6-0Junior
TJ GibbsNotre Dame6-3Junior
Quentin GoodinXavier6-4Junior
Tony Goodwin IIRedemption Christian Acad. (MA)6-6Post-Graduate
Kellan GradyDavidson6-5Sophomore
Devonte GreenIndiana6-3Junior
Quentin GrimesKansas6-5Freshman
Jon Axel GudmundssonDavidson6-4Junior
Kyle GuyVirginia6-2Junior
Rui HachimuraGonzaga6-8Junior
Jaylen HandsUCLA6-3Sophomore
Jerrick HardingWeber State6-1Junior
Jared HarperAuburn5-11Junior
Kevon HarrisStephen F. Austin6-6Junior
Jaxson HayesTexas6-11Freshman
Dewan HernandezMiami6-11Junior
Tyler HerroKentucky6-5Freshman
Amir HintonShaw (NC)6-5Junior
Jaylen HoardWake Forest6-8Freshman
Daulton HommesPoint Loma Nazarene (CA)6-8Junior
Talen Horton-TuckerIowa State6-4Freshman
De’Andre HunterVirginia6-7Sophomore
Ty JeromeVirginia6-5Junior
Jayce JohnsonUtah7-0Junior
Keldon JohnsonKentucky6-6Freshman
Markell JohnsonNorth Carolina State6-1Junior
Tyrique JonesXavier6-9Junior
Mfiondu KabengeleFlorida State6-10Sophomore
Sacha Killeya-JonesNC State6-11Junior
Louis KingOregon6-9Freshman
V.J. KingLouisville6-6Junior
Nathan KnightWilliam & Mary6-10Junior
Sagaba KonateWest Virginia6-8Junior
Martin KrampeljCreighton6-9Junior
Romeo LangfordIndiana6-6Freshman
Cameron LardIowa State6-9Sophomore
A.J. LawsonSouth Carolina6-6Freshman
Dedric LawsonKansas6-9Junior
Jalen LecqueBrewster Academy (NH)6-3Post-Graduate
Jacob LedouxTexas-Permian Basin6-3Junior
Nassir LittleNorth Carolina6-6Freshman
Tevin MackAlabama6-6Junior
Malik MaitlandBethune-Cookman5-9Guard
Trevor ManuelOlivet (MI)6-9Junior
Jermaine MarrowHampton6-0Junior
Naji MarshallXavier6-7Sophomore
Charles MatthewsMichigan6-6Junior
Skylar MaysLSU6-4Junior
Jalen McDanielsSan Diego State6-10Sophomore
Davion MintzCreighton6-3Junior
EJ MontgomeryKentucky6-10Freshman
Ja MorantMurray State6-3Sophomore
Andrew NembhardFlorida6-5Freshman
Kouat NoiTCU6-7Sophomore
Zach Norvell Jr.Gonzaga6-5Sophomore
Jaylen NowellWashington6-4Sophomore
Joel NtambweUNLV6-9Freshman
Jordan NworaLouisville6-8Sophomore
Chuma OkekeAuburn6-8Sophomore
KZ OkpalaStanford6-9Sophomore
Miye OniYale6-6Junior
Devonte PattersonPrairie View A&M6-7Junior
Reggie PerryMississippi State6-10Freshman
Lamar PetersMississippi State6-0Junior
Filip PetrusevGonzaga6-11Freshman
Jalen PickettSiena6-4Freshman
Shamorie PondsSt. John’s6-1Junior
Jordan PooleMichigan6-5Sophomore
Cletrell PopeBethune-Cookman6-9Junior
Nik PopovicBoston College6-11Junior
Jontay PorterMissouri6-11Sophomore
Kevin Porter Jr.USC6-6Freshman
Myles PowellSeton Hall6-2Junior
Payton PritchardOregon6-2Junior
Neemias QuetaUtah State6-11Freshman
Brandon RandolphArizona6-6Sophomore
Cam ReddishDuke6-8Freshman
Isaiah ReeseCanisius6-5Junior
Naz ReidLSU6-10Freshman
Nick RichardsKentucky6-11Sophomore
LaQuincy RideauSouth Florida6-1Junior
Austin RobinsonKentucky Christian6-2Sophomore
Isaiah RobyNebraska6-8Junior
Ayinde RussellMorehouse6-3Junior
Kevin SamuelTCU6-11Freshman
Paul ScruggsXavier6-3Sophomore
Samir SehicTulane6-9Junior
Josh SharkeySamford5-10Junior
Simisola ShittuVanderbilt6-10Freshman
Nike SibandeMiami (OH)6-4Sophomore
Justin SimonSt. John’s6-5Junior
D’Marcus SimondsGeorgia State6-3Junior
Ja’Vonte SmartLSU6-4Freshman
Justin SmithIndiana6-7Sophomore
Derrik SmitsValparaiso7-1Junior
Lamar StevensPenn State6-8Junior
Jalen SykesSt. Clair College (Canada)6-5Junior
Marlon TaylorLSU6-6Junior
Ethan ThompsonOregon State6-5Sophomore
Killian TillieGonzaga6-10Junior
Donnie TillmanUtah6-7Sophomore
Tres TinkleOregon State6-8Junior
Obi ToppinDayton6-9Freshman
Rayjon TuckerArkansas-Little Rock6-5Junior
Justin TurnerBowling Green6-4Sophomore
Nick WardMichigan State6-8Junior
PJ Washington Jr.Kentucky6-8Sophomore
Tremont WatersLSU5-11Sophomore
Kaleb WessonOhio State6-9Sophomore
Coby WhiteNorth Carolina6-5Freshman
Jimmy Whitt Jr.SMU6-3Junior
Joe WieskampIowa6-6Freshman
Lindell WiggintonIowa State6-2Sophomore
Kris WilkesUCLA6-8Sophomore
Charles WilliamsHoward6-6Junior
Emmitt WilliamsLSU6-7Freshman
Grant WilliamsTennessee6-7Junior
Zion WilliamsonDuke6-7Freshman
Holland Woods IIPortland State6-0Sophomore
Kenny WootenOregon6-9Sophomore

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The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft, via the NBA:

PlayerTeam/Country of TeamHeightStatus
Dikembe AndrePaulistano (Brazil)6-91999 DOB
Darko BajoCedevita (Croatia)6-101999 DOB
Aleksander BalcerowskiGran Canaria (Spain)7-12000 DOB
Goga BitadzeBuducnost (Montenegro)7-01999 DOB
Vrenz BleijenberghAntwerp (Belgium)6-92000 DOB
Adrian BoguckiRadom (Poland)7-11999 DOB
Leandro BolmaroBarcelona (Spain)6-62000 DOB
Ognjen CarapicMega Bemax (Serbia)6-41998 DOB
Leo CizmicGirona (Spain)6-81998 DOB
Digue DiawaraPau Orthez (France)6-91998 DOB
Nenad DimitrijevicJoventut (Spain)6-11998 DOB
Felipe Dos AnjosMelilla (Spain)7-21998 DOB
Yago Dos SantosPaulistano (Brazil)5-101999 DOB
Sekou DoumbouyaLimoges (France)6-82000 DOB
Henri DrellBaunach (Germany)6-92000 DOB
Paul EbouaRoseto (Italy)6-82000 DOB
Osas EhigiatorFuenlabrada (Spain)6-101999 DOB
Biram FayeAvila (Spain)6-92000 DOB
Ivan FevrierLevallois (France)6-91999 DOB
Aleix FontBarcelona (Spain)6-41998 DOB
Philipp HerkenhoffVechta (Germany)6-101999 DOB
Dalibor IlicIgokea (Bosnia)6-82000 DOB
Matas JogelaDzukija (Lithuania)6-61998 DOB
Panagiotis KalaitzakisHolargos (Greece)6-61999 DOB
Mate KalajzicSplit (Croatia)6-21998 DOB
Lukasz KolendaTrefl Sopot (Poland)6-51999 DOB
Marcos Louzada SilvaFranca (Brazil)6-51999 DOB
Andrija MarjanovicMega Bemax (Serbia)6-81999 DOB
Gytis MasiulisNeptunas (Lithuania)6-91998 DOB
Jonas MattisseckAlba Berlin (Germany)6-52000 DOB
William McDowell-WhiteBaunach (Germany)6-51998 DOB
Nikita MikhailovskiiAvtodor (Russia)6-62000 DOB
Nikola MiskovicMega Bemax (Serbia)6-101999 DOB
Adam MokokaMega Bemax (Serbia)6-51998 DOB
Muhaymin MustafaTofas (Turkey)6-51999 DOB
Toni NakicSibenik (Croatia)6-81999 DOB
Abdoulaye N’DoyeCholet (France)6-71998 DOB
Tanor NgomRyerson (Canada)7-21998 DOB
Joshua ObiesieWurzburg (Germany)6-62000 DOB
David OkekeFiat Torino (Italy)6-81998 DOB
Louis OlindeBrose Baskets (Germany)6-91998 DOB
Zoran PaunovicFMP (Serbia)6-72000 DOB
Dino RadoncicMurcia (Spain)6-81999 DOB
Sander RaiesteBaskonia (Spain)6-81999 DOB
Neal SakoLevallois (France)6-101998 DOB
Luka SamanicOlimpija (Slovenia)6-102000 DOB
Tadas SedekerskisBaskonia (Spain)6-81998 DOB
Njegos SikirasTormes (Spain)6-91999 DOB
Borisa SimanicCrvena Zvezda (Serbia)6-111998 DOB
Deividas SirvydisRytas (Lithuania)6-72000 DOB
Khadim SowASVEL (France)6-111999 DOB
Filip StanicMega Bemax (Serbia)6-101998 DOB
Michael UchenduCoruna (Spain)6-101998 DOB
Bastien VautierNancy (France)6-111998 DOB
Arnas VelickaTartu Ulikool (Estonia)6-41999 DOB
Warren WoghirenCholet (France)6-101998 DOB
Arturs ZagarsJoventut (Spain)6-32000 DOB
Yovel ZoosmanMaccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)6-71998 DOB
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