Draft deadline gone, now it’s time to wait on NBA decisions – The Denver Post

RALEIGH, N.C. — The deadline has passed for college players to declare early for the NBA draft. Now it’s time to wait for the draft entries who didn’t hire an agent to decide whether they’re staying in or heading back to school.

The early-entry deadline was Sunday night. The next date to watch is May 30 — 10 days after the conclusion of the NBA draft combine — as the last day for draft entrants who didn’t hire an agent to withdraw and return to school to keep their remaining eligibility.

Players testing the waters can work out for NBA teams to learn what they need to improve or whether they could be a first-round pick on June 21.

Here’s a look at some key names, none of whom are surefire first-rounders, facing decisions that could have a big impact on next season:

ACC BACKCOURTS

Boston College and Clemson have a lot riding on what happens next.

High-scoring guard Jerome Robinson (second in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 20.7 points per game) and point guard Ky Bowman (17.6) helped the Eagles take a big step with 19 wins — three more than the previous two seasons combined. If they return, Boston College could have nearly its entire team back as it chases the program’s first NCAA bid since 2009.

The Tigers await decisions from leading scorer Marcquise Reed (15.8 points) and starting guard Shelton Mitchell (12.2 points) after the duo helped Clemson reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997.

TYUS BATTLE, SYRACUSE

The 6-foot-6 guard is a possible first-round pick who racked up the minutes — a national-high 39 per game — while increasing his scoring average from 7.4 as a freshman to a team-best 19.2 last season. Battle helped the Orange make an unexpected run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, but Syracuse sure could use him next year after top recruit Darius Bazley decided to skip school and head to the G-League.

BRIAN BOWEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

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