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
Russ Smith has decided to remain at Louisville for his senior season, postponing the beginning of his NBA career.
Smith had been strongly declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft.
"I love these guys and this team, and I don't want to leave them right now," Smith said at the news conference.
"I never really got an official goodbye -- and that stuck with me. I wanted to do Senior Night."
Smith nearly transferred from Louisville after his freshman season, but helped lead the Cardinals to the 2013 National Championship.
Smith was considered a likely second round pick had he declared.
"The pros of staying were so much better than the pros of leaving," he said. "What was crazy, the pros for me leaving were very immature. You have to put the work in to get better, you have to do this and you have do that, those are all challenges and we both felt I'd be running away from getting better and maturing as a player if I just left. I have new goals and new challenges, and I'll reach them."
Rick Pitino said that Russ Smith is “50-50″ about returning to Louisville next season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.
Smith’s father said after the national championship game that his son wouldn’t be returning to school for his senior season. "Russ, I think, is 50-50," Pitino said. "He's a very confused young man in terms of his decision right now. He didn't want his dad to say that about him coming out. He wanted time to think a bit. I talked to him yesterday and I said whatever decision you make, I want you to pray on it, but I'm behind it 100 percent.
"I give him fatherly advice. I'm not telling him to stay. I'm not telling him to leave. I give him facts of what it's all about."
The 6-foot Smith is projected as a possible first round pick in the June draft.
Moments after Monday's national championship game, Russ Smith Sr. said that his son, Louisville guard Russ Smith Jr., will leave school early to enter the NBA Draft.
The junior guard led the national champions in scoring this season.
"I told him, 'Man, this is how you go out,'" Smith Sr. said. "All the people who doubted you since high school, you proved them wrong. You have back-to-back (Big East) championships, then you come back and win the national championship. All that hard work comes from working you out since you was three years old, running the beach, running the stairs, running with medicine balls, a boxing bag, it paid off."
Smith shot just 3-for-16 in Louisville's title win over Michigan, but he's still going out on a high note.
"When you go out, you want to go out with a national championship," Smith Sr. said. "He's got five rings: back-to-back Big East, back-to-back Final Four, national championship. What other way to go out?"
Rick Pitino has won induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a source.
The 60-year-old will be introduced with the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame class on Monday before a national championship game he hopes to be coaching Louisville in.
Pitino is appearing in his seventh Final Four. He's the only coach to have officially taken three schools to the national semifinals.
His eight years in the NBA included six as a head coach, two with the 24-win New York Knicks team he inherited and turned into a 52-win contender in 1989, and four with the 15-win Boston Celtics team he inherited and failed to rebuild before walking away in 2001.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been cleared to travel with the team to Atlanta for this weekend's national semifinal against Wichita State.
Ware sat down for an interview with ESPN's Rece Davis on Wednesday, his first on camera since sustaining compound fractures of his tibia Sunday in the first half of a 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional.
He underwent surgery and was expected to be out a year.
Ware said he was told his injury was determined to be a freak accident.
"The full force of me jumping so high and not seeing where I was landing caused the actual break," he said. "That's really all I got out of it."
The sophomore guard returned to campus Tuesday afternoon after being released from an Indianapolis hospital.