75 early entry candidates announced for 2014 NBA Draft

75 early entry candidates announced for 2014 NBA Draft
April 30, 2014, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON — The pool of early entry candidates in the NBA draft continues to get more shallow.

On Wednesday, the NBA announced that 75 players (45 from United States colleges and 30 international players) had filed the necessary paperwork to be included in June's NBA draft.

That's down from last year's total of 77 and marks the fourth straight year in which there were less than 100 early entry candidates.

Players are a lot smarter now in determining whether entering the draft is in their best interest.

Kentucky twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison were both contemplating entry into this year's draft. But after getting feedback from the NBA and to their credit listening to it, both decided to return to school where they could potentially bolster their stock into being solid first-round picks in the 2015 draft.

Underclassmen in the draft who did not sign with an agent, are allowed to withdraw from draft consideration by notifying the league in writing by 5 p.m. on June 16.

The list of underclassmen expected to go near the top of this year's draft are primarily from the 'one-and-done' crowd that includes Duke freshman Jabari Parker and a pair of fellow freshmen at Kansas in Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid who will all get some consideration by Boston if the Celtics land a top-3 pick in the May 20 NBA draft lottery.

The Celtics have a 10.3 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick and will fall no lower than No. 8.

But the list of early entry candidates always includes a few players that few other than their family and friends, have ever heard of.

Like William Alston, a 6-foot-5 "center" who played at Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk ... in 2011. Another not-so-notable in this year's draft is Antoine Rucker who played at Clinton Junior College.

The draft will also include six players who competed in the Development League this past season, headlined by P.J. Hairston of the Texas Legends.

Hairston, who played collegiately at North Carolina before being kicked off the team, is projected by most Mock drafts to go in the middle-to-late stages of the first round.