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Gonzaga Guard Joel Ayayi Declares To NBA Draft

Apr 10, 2021 1:25 PM

Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA Draft on Friday and will hire an agent.

"My four years at Gonzaga have been unforgettable and some of the most special times in my life. I'm honored to be a Zag forever," said Ayayi in a statement.

Ayayi averaged 12 points per game on 57.5% shooting from the field.

He is ranked No. 62 on ESPN's best available list. 

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Arkansas Guard Moses Moody Declares For Draft, Hires Agent

Apr 10, 2021 1:15 PM

Arkansas guard Moses Moody declared for the 2021 NBA Draft and has hired an agent.

Moody is ranked No. 21 on ESPN's best available list.

Moody averaged 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on the season. 

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Scotty Pippen Jr. Declares For NBA Draft, Will Retain Eligibility

Apr 10, 2021 12:33 PM

Scottie Pippen Jr. has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft but will retain his eligibility.

Pippen lead Vanderbilt with 20.8 points and 4.9 assists per game.

Pippen in not in the ESPN Top 100 for the upcoming draft.

He has until July 19 to withdraw his name. 

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Keon Johnson Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 7, 2021 11:06 AM

Keon Johnson will declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, leaving Tennessee after his freshman season.

Johnson is the No. 6 prospect in the ESPN 100 and averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25 minutes per game.

"The NBA has always been my goal, but I never expected it to come this soon," Johnson said. "I really don't care what number I get drafted at. I just want to go somewhere I fit in that organization. Where I can keep developing and find my niche."

Johnson is considered a late bloomer as he also played basketball.

Johnson is considered one of the quickest and most explosive players in the college game in terms of his ability to accelerate from a standstill and get off his feet for dunks and blocks.

"I think NBA teams see a defensive-minded guard who can score at all three levels," Johnson said. "I feel like my 3-point shot is going to improve and keep me on the court in the NBA, along with my versatility on the offensive end."

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Marcus Bagley Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Apr 6, 2021 5:23 PM

Marcus Bagley will declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, but won't immediately hire an agent to leave open the possibility of returning to Arizona State. 

Bagley is the No. 27 prospect in the ESPN 100 NBA draft rankings.

Bagley averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 29 minutes over 12 games while shooting 35% from beyond the arc, missing a large chunk of the season due to COVID-19 pauses and ankle and calf injuries.

"This season, like any other season, had its ups and downs, but I believe it was very beneficial for me and my game," Marcus Bagley said. "I think teams were able to see a little bit of my versatility on both ends of the floor. I stepped out and defended guards, but I also was down there being physical with the bigs in the paint. And on the offensive end I played out of my position at the 4, but I showed glimpses of what I look like at my natural position at the 2 or 3. I can't wait to show my entire game to teams."

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Ayo Dosunmu Leaves Illinois For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2021 4:18 PM

Ayo Dosunmu will leave Illinois for the 2021 NBA Draft.

Dosunmu will hire an agent and won't be eligible to return to Illinois.

Dosunmu was the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, presented to the nation's top point guard. Dosunmu is considered one of the best available two-way guards and is ranked No. 22 in the ESPN 100. 

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Miles McBride To Enter Draft, Will Maintain College Eligibility

Apr 3, 2021 1:38 PM

West Virginia guard Miles McBride will enter the 2021 NBA Draft, but will maintain his college eligibility.

The sophomore is ranked No. 35 in the ESPN 100 draft rankings.

The 20-year-old averaged 15.8 points and 4.9 assists on the season.

"I was able to show how I could impact a game in different ways, be it my defense, scoring, and overall being a leader on the court. I think I showed flashes of high scoring games as a freshman and this year my focus was to be more consistent all around and improve every aspect, which I think I did," said McBride. 

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Sharife Cooper Leaves Auburn To Declare For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 2, 2021 10:47 AM

Sharife Cooper is leaving Auburn for the 2021 NBA Draft. Cooper is the No. 17 prospect in the ESPN 100.

Cooper averaged 20.2 points and 8.1 assists per game in his freshman season at Auburn. Cooper is considered one of the top point guard prospects in the 2021 draft class thanks to his ability to create offense for himself or teammates.

"This season was a roller coaster filled with many ups and some downs," Cooper said. "But I wouldn't trade it for anything, even through the bad times I enjoyed every second at Auburn."

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Duke Freshman DJ Steward Enters Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

Apr 2, 2021 12:59 AM

Duke freshman DJ Steward announced his plans to enter the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Steward, who averaged 13 points last season, added that he plans on hiring an agent.

Steward is ranked No. 63 on ESPN's draft rankings.

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Cade Cunningham Leaves Oklahoma State For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2021 1:57 PM

Cade Cunningham has announced he will leave Oklahoma State for the 2021 NBA Draft.

Cunningham is widely expected to be the first or second pick in the draft. 

Cunningham participated in Senior Night activities before the Cowboys faced Oklahoma in Stillwater.

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Charles Bassey Leaves Western Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

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James Bouknight To Enter NBA Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

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Austin Reaves Leaves Oklahoma For 2021 NBA Draft

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Jaden Springer Declares For NBA Draft, Will Sign With Agent

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Kai Jones Leaves Texas For 2021 NBA Draft

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Tre Mann Leaves Florida For 2021 NBA Draft

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Brandon Boston Jr. Declares For NBA Draft

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Kentucky Freshman Isaiah Jackson To Enter Draft, Will Not Hire Agent

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