John D.Davis (@John_D_Davis)
Since the closing of the NCAA basketball season, many players are now faced with the decision to re-enroll or declare for the NBA. In these next couple of weeks, we will keep you informed on announcements of the players and their projected draft number. Here are already some of the players that have announced they will not return to school this fall:
Freshmen Phenom’s Declare:
Markelle Futz, Malik Monk, and Lonzo Ball all kept the college basketball world’s attention by putting big stats at their respective universities. University of Washington’s F Markell Fultz, whose team failed to qualify for the National tourney declared after the teams last game of the season. Meanwhile, both Ball and Monk, who faced off against each other in the Sweet 16 declared. Ball declared immediately after Monk’s Kentucky team edged out the Bruins in the matchup. Monk would do the same after a late game shot knocked his team out in the Elite 8.
Jackson ends career with a championship:
UNC’s Justin Jackson capped off a successful season by not only claiming the ACC player of the year award but by also ending his collegiate career as a national Champion. The Junior F announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and try his hand in the NBA.
Miles Bridges to stay:
Most people were shocked to hear that Michigan State Guard decided to remain in school for next season. He was expected to be a top 15 pick if he declared. Bridges will return to a team that was knocked out of the 2nd round of this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Dukie’s to enter the draft:
Following a 2nd round upset to the University of South Carolina, the Duke backcourt tandem of Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum, and Harry Giles all have decided to enter the NBA draft. Seems like Duke is starting to have more “one and done’s” this decade.
Issac and Collins test market:
Both Florida State forward Johnathan Issac and Gonzaga Forward/Center Zach Collins will enter the NBA draft. A new trend for both schools as Gonzaga hosted their first “One and Done” in the school’s history, while this will be the 2nd player in FSU Basketball History to leave school after one year.
Dennis Smith Jr. expected to make a huge splash in the NBA:
After a rollercoaster year in Raleigh, NC State PG Dennis Smith Jr will be ready for a new change in scenery and competition in the NBA. Smith was conference freshmen of the year and is expected to be the first Point Guard off the board.
Trimble finally leaves College Park:
Trimble was expected to leave after one year at the University of Maryland, but Trimble stayed for two years before declaring for the Draft. Despite the Terps underperforming the past few seasons with Trimble, he s expected to still remain as late 1st round pick.