The deadline for underclassmen to submit paperwork declaring their intentions to enter the 2019 NBA Draft passed on Sunday night, and we have an official tally as to how many players filed as early entry candidates for this year: 233. Of those, 175 players are collegiate underclassmen testing the waters, while 58 are international players.
The list is led by Duke’s trio of stars in projected top pick Zion Williamson and teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, who are also projected as top-10 picks.
The blue-blooded trio makes up for what was a flood of underclassmen entering the draft. At Duke and Kentucky alone, a combined eight players are testing the waters. Six begin the process as projected first-round picks, foreshadowing what will likely be another major roster overhaul for the college basketball powerhouses.
Only 60 players can get drafted, so the 175 collegiate underclassmen is sure to dwindle as weeks pass. Because of a new NCAA rule in place this year, players with remaining eligibility can withdraw from the draft even if they hire an agent as long as they formally do so by May 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
We’ve compiled a full list of those who have declared early for the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft along with a look at who is and isn’t planning to hire an agent, which, as noted, is less consequential than years past.