The NBA announced the official list of 182 early-entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft on Tuesday night, and 14 Big Ten players appeared on the list — including a few surprising names.
Maryland’s Justin Jackson and Ohio State’s Kam Williams are among those declaring for the NBA draft. Jackson, who is “likely to return” to Maryland, according to Inside Maryland Sports, averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds as a freshman. Williams averaged 9.4 points and 2.1 rebounds during his junior season at Ohio State.
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All players on the list who have not yet hired an agent can withdraw from the draft and return to college, provided they meet certain deadlines. Per NBA.com:
Players wishing to enter the 2017 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 23. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 12. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen that have entered the 2017 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 24.
Indiana had four players declare for the draft: OG Anunoby, Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson. Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards are also testing the NBA draft waters.
Michigan (Moritz Wagner, D.J. Wilson), Maryland (Melo Trimble, Jackson) and Ohio State (Trevor Thompson, Williams) each had two players declare. Rutgers guard Corey Sanders is also testing the NBA waters.
The draft will be held Thursday, June 22. You can find the full list of early entrants here.