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Updating the 2015 NBA Draft’s Early Entries

Last Thursday, seven players from Kentucky and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. Let’s take a quick look at others who have either declared since then or are reportedly on the verge of declaring.

D’Angelo Russell – The Ohio State freshman standout was great all year, although he struggled against Arizona in the Buckeyes’ third-round NCAA Tournament loss. But that game shouldn’t knock Russell out of the top five, and the freshman is expected to declare for the draft in the next few days, per RealGM’s Shams Charania.

Justise Winslow – The stud freshman helped himself immensely during Duke’s run to the national title, and he may even wind up being a top five pick. So it’s no surprise that he’s going to declare for the draft, according to Adam Rowe of 247Sports.

Sam Dekker – The Wisconsin forward was exceptional throughout the NCAA Tournament, although his three-point shooting cooled off in the title game against Duke. Even so, Dekker may have turned himself into a lottery pick with his great tourney, and he announced last Friday that he’s heading to the NBA.

Justin Anderson – Anderson dealt with some injuries this year, and while the Virginia guard came back for the NCAA Tournament, he wasn’t totally himself. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday morning that Anderson plans on going pro, and he’s a borderline first-round pick.

Olivier Hanlan – The Boston College junior put up nearly 20 points per game this season, and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress says Hanlan is heading to the draft. Hanlan is likely a second-round pick.

 

 

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