Basketball Wiretap

57 Early Entry College Players Withdraw From 2016 NBA Draft

May 26, 2016 8:54 PM

Fifty-seven players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 13, 2016, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The following 57 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2016 NBA Draft: 

Player, School

Abdul-Malik Abu, North Carolina State

BeeJay Anya, North Carolina State

Ian Baker, New Mexico State

V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana

Antonio Blakeney, LSU

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

Amida Brimah, Connecticut

Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Elijah Brown, New Mexico

Deonte Burton, Iowa State

Antonio Campbell, Ohio

Conor Clifford, Washington State

Charles Cooke III, Dayton

Bakari Copeland, Maryland-Eastern Shore

Moustapha Diagne, Northwest Florida State

Tyler Dorsey, Oregon

D’Andre Downey, Stillman College (AL)

Vince Edwards, Purdue

Jimmy Hall, Kent State

Josh Hart, Villanova

Josh Hawkinson, Washington State

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Ike Iroegbu, Washington State

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Kris Jenkins, Villanova

Que Johnson, Washington State

Peter Jok, Iowa

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Travion Kirkendoll, Centenary College (LA)

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

Marcus Lee, Kentucky

Makai Mason, Yale

Jahmal McMurray, South Florida

Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina

Dallas Moore, North Florida

Jalen Moore, Utah State

Tyrell Nelson, Gardner-Webb

Malik Newman, Mississippi State

Marc-Eddy Norelia, Florida Gulf Coast

Cameron Oliver, Nevada

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

QJ Peterson, VMI

Malik Pope, San Diego State

Rodney Purvis, Connecticut

Corey Sanders Jr., Rutgers

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Rakish Taylor, Anderson University (SC)

Ethan Telfair, Idaho State

Trevor Thompson, Ohio State

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Maurice Watson Jr., Creighton

Andrew White III, Nebraska

Alec Wintering, Portland

Zeek Woodley, Northwestern State

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Isaiah Briscoe Returning To Kentucky, Marcus Lee Transferring

May 25, 2016 3:03 PM

Isaiah Briscoe announced he will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, and junior Marcus Lee has decided to transfer after also withdrawing from the NBA draft.

Briscoe was not invited to the combine after making just five of his 37 three-point attempts.

"I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams," Briscoe said in a statement released by the university on Wednesday. "I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I'm returning to build on last year. There's no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both."

Briscoe likely would have been a late second rounder or gone undrafted.

Lee, who averaged 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds along with 59 blocks, told the school that he wants to be closer to his family, John Calipari said. Lee is from Antioch, California outside of San Francisco.

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Marques Bolden Commits To Duke Over Kentucky

May 19, 2016 3:20 PM

Marques Bolden has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

Bolden is ranked No. 16 in the incoming freshman class.

"I am happy this is over with," Bolden said. "You could tell this was a very difficult decision for me because it took so long. I was looking for the perfect situation and I realized that's not going to happen. I did not want to regret my decision that's why I took so long. It's the biggest decision in my life so far."


Bolden is the second ranked center in the class.

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Kennedy Meeks Withdraws From NBA Draft, Staying At North Carolina

May 4, 2016 11:45 AM

Kennedy Meeks has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to North Carolina for his senior season.

Meeks slimmed down from being close to 300 pounds when he arrived on campus to playing at around 260 pounds last season as a junior.

"I appreciate the support my coaches and teammates gave me during this process as we gathered information about my professional opportunities at this time," Meeks said in a statement. "The feedback on what I have to work on so that I can have a great senior year, help my team have a great season and be ready to take that next step is invaluable."

Justin Jackson is the only player on the Tar Heels still going through the draft process.

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