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Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev will enter NBA draft, but not hire agent

Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev has become the third Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft this year without hiring an agent. Gonzaga's leading scorer and the West Coast Conference player of the year, Petrusev made his announcement Sunday, the deadline for players to declare. Petrusev, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Serbia, led the Bulldogs in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.9 per game) last season as a sophomore. The Zags finished 31-2.

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South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson declares for NBA draft

South Carolina leading scorer A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin confirmed Sunday that Lawson would not hire an agent, meaning he could return to the team for his junior season.
Lawson, a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Toronto, was considered an NBA prospect when he stepped on campus two seasons ago. He entered the draft last year, but was not invited to the league's combine. He held individual workouts for several teams before coming back to the Gamecocks. He started all 31 games this season at South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. The NBA draft combine is scheduled for May 21-24.

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Which young star would NBA execs build around?.
Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, Zion Williamson or Trae Young
Luka Doncic could become the best-ever NBA player from Europe. Trae Young has already become one of the NBA's most dynamic offensive players. Zion Williams is the most electrifying rookie since LeBron James. Ja Morant has turned the Memphis Grizzlies into must-see TV.
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NCAA extends NBA draft withdrawal deadline, awaits league's pre-draft timeline

The NCAA announced Wednesday that it has extended indefinitely the deadline for college basketball players to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain their college eligibility amid the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline was June 3, but Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement that it will be extended "with the health and well-being of our student-athletes in mind, along with their ability to make the most informed decisions during this uncertain time." Gavitt said in his statement that a new withdrawal date will be set once the league determines a timeline for the 2020 pre-draft process.

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Villanova forward and potential lottery pick Saddiq Bey staying in NBA draft

Bey is 6-foot-8 and considered one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft, well-regarded among teams for his versatility on both ends of the floor. Executives and scouts see Bey's potential as a 3-and-D player in the pros. Bey was a unanimous All-Big East selection, averaging 16 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Wildcats. He shot 45% from 3-point range on 5.6 attempts per game. Bey is a native of Largo, Maryland, and an alumnus of Sidwell Friends School in Washington. "Over the last two years, I have grown as a player, student, and man thanks to my coaching staff, teammates, and professors," Bey continued. "Villanova has the greatest fans in the world and I will miss playing in front of them next year. I will always be a Wildcat. "I am really excited to start the pursuit of my NBA career."

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Big Warriors draft questions: No. 1 picks and potential All-Star trades

With the worst record in the league, the Golden State Warriors are guaranteed to have a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA draft and might have the overall No. 1 pick. Should they take LaMelo Ball or another top prospect? Should they trade the pick? Can they find instant help for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and get back into NBA title contention?

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The top replacement players for NBA teams to sign this week

What moves can NBA teams make during the one-week transaction window? Under specific rules, NBA teams will be allowed to add free agents and replace players who decide not to go to Orlando. Who are the best players available? What should we expect from each of the 22 teams headed to Orlando? What about the eight teams that will not play again this season?

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2020 NBA Mock Draft: Updated Lottery Simulation and 1st-Round Predictions

The NBA is officially making its return, and dates are tentatively set to get the draft process moving. The lottery is expected to be held Aug. 25, with the draft following Oct. 15, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Among teams currently out of the playoff picture, the Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers will join the 16 projected playoff teams at Disney World for a chance to reach the postseason. But until then, we're projecting the draft using the current standings and Tankathon's simulator, which created this edition's order.

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DJ Funderburk opts to return to NC State for final season
The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds as a redshirt junior last year. He also averaged a team-best 13.4 points against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, and he shot nearly 61% from the field last season.

Matt Mitchell forgoes NBA draft to return for senior season at San Diego State
He was named first-team All-Mountain West last season, when SDSU went 30-2, won the MWC regular-season title and would have been a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. He is ranked 27th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,085 points.

Isaiah Joe withdraws from draft, returning to Arkansas
Joe, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 rebounds last season. However, he missed six games in January and February due to a knee injury. Without Joe in the lineup, Arkansas went just 1-5. With a healthy Joe, the Razorbacks were 19-7.
 
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