The Bulls, Knicks, Warriors and Thunder won their first round series, but fell short of reaching the NBA's Final Four. Each team faces a pivotal offseason with many decisions to consider. Read More. Written by Daniel Leroux on May 21, 2013
The 2013 NBA Draft has 77 early entry candidates, with 46 players from United States' colleges and 31 internatinoal players.
Players have the right to withdraw no later than June 17 ahead of the June 27 draft in Brooklyn.
College Players Steven Adams, Pitt C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's Anthony Bennett, UNLV Vander Blue, Marquette, Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State Reggie Bullock, North Carolina Trey Burke, Michigan Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman Allen Crabbe, Cal Deweyne Dedmon, USC Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan Grant Jerrett, Arizona Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State Myck Kabongo, Texas Shane Larkin, Miami Ricky Ledo, Providence Alex Len, Maryland C.J. Leslie, N.C. State Nurideen Lindsey, Rider Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma Ray McCallum, Detroit Ben McLemore, Kansas Tony Mitchell, North Texas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Norvel Pelle, Los Angeles College Prep Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown Marshawn Powell, Arkansas Phil Pressey, Missouri Andre Robertson, Colorado Joshua Simmons, Spartanburg Methodist (JC) Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro Tony Snell, New Mexico Tahj Tate, Delaware State John Taylor, Fresno Pacific Adonis Thompson, Memphis Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State B.J. Young, Arkansas Cody Zeller, Indiana
International Players Alejandro Abrines, Barcelona Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos Francois Affia Ambadiang, Geoplin Slovan Nemanja Besovic, Partizan Bogdan Bogdanovic, Partizan Matias Bortolin, Arkadia, Linos Chrysikopoulos, PAOK Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza Dorde Drenovac, Biancoblu Viktor Gaddefors, Oknoplast Bologna Rudy Gobert, Cholet Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL Sergey Karasev, Triumph Louis Laveyrie, Paris-Levallois Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC Philipp Neumann, Brose Baskets Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo Artem Pustovyi, Khimik Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Munich Marko Ramljak, Zadar Dario Saric, Cibona Dennis Schroder, New York Phantoms Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm Janis Timma, Ventspils Marko Todorovic, Barcelona Axel Toupane, Strasbourg Adin Vrabac, Spars Sarajevo
Deshaun Thomas will forego his senior season of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
"My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said in a statement released by the school. “I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a basketball player. I intend to return to finish my degree, but I believe that now is the best opportunity to pursue my dream and begin my career as a professional basketball player.”
Thomas, a 6-foot-7 forward, is projected as a late-first to early-second round pick.
Thomas led the Buckeyes while scoring 19.8 points per game this season, and finished ninth on Ohio State's all-time scoring list with 1,630 points.
The thirty candidates for Naismith Men's College Player of the Year were announced on Tuesday.
Anthony Bennett, UNLV Jared Berggren, Wisconsin Trey Burke, Michigan Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Ian Clark, Belmont Rotnei Clarke, Butler Jack Cooley, Notre Dame Allen Crabbe, California Seth Curry, Duke Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati Shane Larkin, Miami Doug McDermott, Creigton Rodney McGruder, Kansas State Ben McLemore, Kansas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Mike Muscala, Bucknell Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Brandon Paul, Illinois Mason Plumlee, Duke Otto Porter, Georgetown Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Russ Smith, Louisville Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Jeff Withey, Kansas Nate Wolters, South Dakota State Cody Zeller, Indiana
Ohio State ranks 59th nationally in points allowed per possession through the first five games of the season.
“We’re trying hard on defense, and that’s a step,” Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta said. “Now it’s understanding what we’re trying to take away, the path that you need to take. Sometimes the path of least resistance gets you in a lot of trouble.”
Matta said before the season that an emphasis for his backcourt – and the Buckeyes defense overall – was to generate more points off turnovers. The Buckeyes are eighth in the Big 10 in turnover rate and rank 212th in the country in the category.
“One of the big things with this team is just getting them to understand how long and athletic they are,” Matta said. “You’ve got another gear of providing help and you can still get back to your man; the ball can’t travel as fast as you are. Those are things you’re trying to show guys, (that they can) give a little bit more in terms of support.”
Aaron Craft, who was honored as the Big Ten defensive player of the year last season, has seen his steal percentage drop from 4.63 to 3.14, which ranks 412th nationally.
“The defensive (effort) has to be there every game, regardless of (whether) I’m shooting 100 percent or 5 percent. It’s got to be there,” he said. “Playing defense is a total mindset and a total attitude, and when we grasp that as a team, and we do at times, we can be pretty good. And that’s going to lead to our best offense, layups in transition and things like that.”
Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgetown, Stanford, Oregon, Butler, Xavier, Portland and Gonzaga have committed to special tournament in November of 2017 to celebrate Phil Knight's 80th birthda