Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline Rumor Mill

Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline Rumor Mill
Jun 15, 2009, 10:10 am
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Latest Update: 5:32 PM

-Nick Calathes has elected to stay in the draft, as anticipated.

-Milan Macvan and Aboubakar Zaki have withdrawn their name from the draft, according to their agent David Bauman.

-Christian Eyenga has elected to stay in the draft, as we anticipated in our article below, according to his agent Andy Miller.

-Ukrainian Sergey Gladyr has surprisingly elected to stay in the draft, his agent Bouna Ndiaye told us. Ndiaye was looking for a commitment from a team drafting in the second round, and it looks like he received it. While Gladyr is still very young, he's already a big time athlete and shooter/scorer, and from what we saw at the Eurocamp in Treviso, he could end up being a great value pick in the second round for some team.

-Paulao Prestes has withdraw from the draft, his agent told us.

-Chinemelu Elonu has elected to stay in the draft.

-Austin Daye has elected to stay in the draft.

Latest Update: 4:18 PM

-Patrick Mills is staying in the draft, according to a source close to the situation.

4:03 PM Update

-Luke Harangody is returning to school, a source close to the situation told DraftExpress.

3:13 PM Update

-Greivis Vasquez is returning to Maryland, a source close to the situation told DraftExpress.

-Jodie Meeks is staying in the draft according to numerous media outlets.

1:50 PM Update

-Ricky Rubio will keep his name in the draft, his agent Dan Fegan told DraftExpress. Clearly the rift between Rubio and his Spanish team DKV Joventut is too deep to mend at this point, and with the team strapped for cash and not playing in next year’s Euroleague, that does not appear to be a situation that Rubio is interested in returning to.

Rubio lands in Los Angles today and will begin to evaluate his options regarding who he may work out with. At this point, the Sacramento Kings are the only team that are certain to get a visit. Memphis and Oklahoma City are not on the agenda as of now, and it’s not yet clear whether they will be added. Other teams who are looking to move up in the draft may get a chance to visit with Rubio, depending on their interest level and the likelihood of them brokering a deal with a team like the Grizzlies or Thunder.

12:40 PM Update

-Taj Gibson has elected to stay in the draft, a source close to the situation tells us. Gibson is working out in Utah today with Tyler Hansbrough, and based on the feedback he’s received from NBA teams thus far, feels comfortable with his standing as a late first round pick.

-Nick Calathes is “98%” staying in the draft, according to a source close to the situation, despite the fact that he has no guarantees in the first round. He is working out in Oklahoma City today, owners of the #25 pick. This move will take a great deal of pressure off him next year, as he won’t have to worry about his draft stock in what is sure to be an up and down rookie season in Europe.

-Christian Eyenga is “still debating” whether to keep his name in the draft or not, according to a source close to the situation, but the “gut feeling” is that he’ll end up staying in. Eyenga is a great case of the new approach many agents are taking towards European players, as he is clearly trying to avoid the restrictions of the NBA’s rookie scale for first round draft picks by entering the draft at a very young age (19).

Our understanding is that he “wouldn’t be too distraught” by going undrafted, but that there are still a number of teams with high-level scouting in Europe who are familiar enough with him to potentially take a gamble on him in the mid to late portion of the second round. As you can read in Eyenga’s scouting report from November, we’re talking about a very physically gifted wing player with tremendous athleticism and upside. Once you get past the first 30-35 picks or so, there aren’t many players in this draft who share his upside, even if he’s still a very raw player from a skills standpoint. A team looking to conserve cap space, lacking in roster spots and/or possessing multiple draft picks could find him very intriguing in the second round.

It will be very interesting to see where he ends up, should he indeed decide to stay in.

10:09 AM Update

-Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague will announce shortly that he’s staying in the draft and hiring agent Mike Conley of BDA Sports, a source told DraftExpress.

-Following a series of strong workouts in front of virtually every team in the NBA, Omri Casspi has decided to keep his name in the draft, a representative of his agency CAA told DraftExpress.

-Last word is that Patrick Mills is leaning towards staying in the draft. He works out for the Oklahoma City Thunder today.

-Luke Harangody has not received a guarantee from any NBA team as of yet, but may still stay in the draft regardless, a source close to the situation told DraftExpress. Harangody would like to stay in the draft, particularly if he feels good about his chances of being drafted in the late first or early second round. A final decision will be made Monday.

-Boban Marjanovic and Vladimir Dasic have both withdrawn their name from the draft, according to their European agency Beobasket.

-Nemanja Bjelica will withdraw, his agent Herb Rudoy told us this weekend.

-Sergey Gladyr is leaning towards withdrawing his name from the draft, his agent Bouna Ndiaye told DraftExpress this weekend, unless he receives a commitment from a team drafting in the second round.

-Anton Ponomarev will withdraw, his agent Bill McCandles told us this weekend.

NCAA Players

Dominique Archie South Carolina- Withdrew
DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh- Hired agent
Derrick Brown Xavier- Hired agent
Chase Budinger Arizona- Hired agent
Nick Calathes Florida- Hired agent, will stay in draft
Earl Clark Louisville- Hired agent
Dwayne Collins Miami- Withdrew
Brandon Costner North Carolina State- Hired agent
Stephen Curry Davidson- Hired agent
Austin Daye Gonzaga- Staying in the draft
DeMar DeRozan Southern California- Hired agent
Eric Devendorf Syracuse- Hired agent
Devan Downey South Carolina- Withdrew
Wayne Ellington North Carolina- Hired agent
Chinemelu Elonu Texas A&M-- Staying in draft
Tyreke Evans Memphis- Hired agent
Jonny Flynn Syracuse- Hired agent
Taj Gibson Southern California- Staying in draft
Blake Griffin Oklahoma- Hired agent
Daniel Hackett Southern California- Hired agent
Luke Harangody Notre Dame- Undecided
James Harden Arizona State- Hired agent
Paul Harris Syracuse- Hired agent
Gerald Henderson Duke- Hired agent
Jordan Hill Arizona- Hired agent
Jrue Holiday UCLA- Hired agent
Damion James Texas- Withdrew
James Johnson Wake Forest- Hired agent
Mac Koshwal DePaul- Withdrew
Gani Lawal Georgia Tech- Withdrew
Ty Lawson North Carolina- Hired agent
Ater Majok Connecticut- Withdrew
Jodie Meeks Kentucky- Withdrew
Nate Miles Southern Idaho- Undecided
Patrick Mills St. Mary's- Likely staying in draft

Tasmin Mitchell LSU- Withdrew
B.J. Mullens Ohio State- Hired agent
Patrick Patterson Kentucky- Withdrew
Scottie Reynolds Villanova- Withdrew
Tyler Smith Tennessee- Withdrew
DaJuan Summers Georgetown- Hired agent
Shawn Taggart Memphis- Hired agent
Jeff Teague Wake Forest- Hiring agent
Hasheem Thabeet Connecticut- Hired agent
Dar Tucker DePaul- Hired agent
Jarvis Varnado Mississippi State- Withdrew
Greivis Vasquez Maryland- Withdrew
Michael Washington Arkansas- Withdrew
Jeremy Wise Southern Mississippi- Hired agent
Nic Wise Arizona- Withdrew

International Players

Amadou Aboubakar Zaki Nancy (France)--Withdrew
Rodrigue Beaubois Cholet (France)- In for good
Nemanja Bjelica Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) - Withdrew
Georgios Bogris Ilysiakos (Greece)
Omri Casspi Maccabi Elite (Israel) - In for good
Victor Claver Pamesa Valencia (Spain) - In for good
Vladimir Dasic Buducnost (Montenegro)- Withdrew
Christian Eyenga DKV Joventut (Spain)-- Staying in draft
Vitor Faverani Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
Sergey Gladyr Mykolaiv (Ukraine)--Staying in draft
Adam Hanga Albacomp (Hungary)
Baris Hersek Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
Rudy Jomby Le Havre (France)
Tanel Kurbas Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)
Milan Macvan Hemofarm (Serbia)-- Withdrew
Boban Marjanovic Hemofarm (Serbia) - Withdrew
Tim Ohlbrecht Bamberg (Germany)
Carl Ona Embo Biella (Italy)
Nikos Pappas Real Madrid II (Spain)
Anton Ponomarev Astana Tigers (Kazakhstan) - Withdrew
Paulao Prestes Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
Miroslav Raduljica FMP Zeleznik (Serbia)
Fernando Raposo Pau Orthez (France)-- Withdrew
Ricky Rubio DKV Joventut (Spain) - In for good
Evangelos Sakellariou Pagrati (Greece)
Alexandros Sigkounas (Greece)
Ludovic Vaty Pau Orthez (France)
Ibrahim Yildirim Banvit (Turkey)
Artem Zabelin CSKA Moscow (Russia)

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