NBA Draft Declaration Thread

Submitted by Bambi on May 30th, 2018 at 3:30 PM

As we're waiting for info on Jalen Wilson and Charles Matthews I thought it'd be useful to share updates on which notable players declared for the draft and which stayed. The following is a Reddit post with all such players, but I'll list all B1G/future opponent players in the OP:

Full Reddit Post


  • Detroit: Kam Chatman
  • Illinois: Leron Black
  • Maryland: Kevin Huerter, Justin Jackson
  • MSU: Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr.
  • Nebraska: Jack McVeigh (didn't play at all, going overseas)
  • OSU: Keita Bates-Diop
  • Penn St.: Tony Carr
  • Rutgers: Cory Sanders
  • South Carolina: Brian Bowen
  • Villanova: Jalen Brunson, Mikail Birdges, Omari Spellman, Donte DiVencenzo


  • Indiana: Juwan Morgan
  • Iowa: Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook
  • Maryland: Bruno Fernando
  • MSU: Nick Ward
  • Nebraska: James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland
  • Penn St.: Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins
  • Purdue: Carsen Edwards, Nojel Eastern
  • South Carolina: Chris Silva
  • Villanova: Phil Booth, Eric Paschall
  • Wisconsin: Ethan Happ




May 30th, 2018 at 3:52 PM ^

I assume that if he's stuck in this long, he's gone.  I get his desire to make the move, though unlike DJ Wilson last year (who could arguably have benefitted more playing at Michigan than shuttling between Milwaukee and their G-League team, but at least had an NBA 1st-round contract), Matthews is unlikely to get drafted and will just find himself in the great muck that is the overseas/G-league markets.  I wish him luck, but if I had a chance to come back and play at a national program and improve my game, I'd do that versus trying to drag myself into the league via the backdoor.


May 30th, 2018 at 3:43 PM ^

is the stupidest of all.

The NHL is the only league that does this properly.

Let the teams draft anyone they want from age 18-20 and then leave the players in place.

If the teams decide you are ready, they sign you from juniors, or Europe or NCAA hockey.

If they don't think you are ready, they leave you were you are.

Basketball should adopt this model to avoid these annual train wrecks.


May 30th, 2018 at 3:55 PM ^

It gives most kids a week to decide after their season for a draft that’s nearly four months away, and a combine that’s two months away. You don’t even know if you’re getting a combine invitation at the time of your decision, which comes right on the heels of the playing season. The NBA gives players 3-6 weeks to declare after playing, and then a month to gather information. It’s way more rational, and does a better job of encouraging kids to stay who aren’t ready.

Most of your complaints are the NCAA’s fault. The NBA would allow a kid to play in college after being drafted. They do allow players to develop in Europe for years already, similar to hockey.

True Blue Grit

May 30th, 2018 at 3:59 PM ^

so long clearly indicates Matthews is really uncertain which way to go.  It's making me really nervous.  Hopefully, he will come around and realize that coming back will be the best thing for him at this time.  


May 30th, 2018 at 4:22 PM ^

I think they'll still be good. Not title contending good, but top 15-20 team.

Booth and Paschall are both good players. They bring in potentially the most sought after grad transfer so far in G Joe Cremo (18 PPG, 4 RPG and 4 APG on 46% from 3) and are now in on the other most sought after grad transfer in Stanford big Reid Travis (19.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG although everyone thinks Kentucky is the spot). They also have a 5 star PG coming in.

Definitely a winable game, but at the new Pavilion early in the season I'd still take Nova.


May 30th, 2018 at 5:18 PM ^

Brian Bowen moved from TBD to leaving. Although very likely he wouldn't have been eligible if he stayed next year, this is important since we may play South Carolina twice.

You may also know him as a former MSU heavy lean as a high schooler who spelled the end for Pitino at Lousiville once his committment there was investigated.


May 30th, 2018 at 5:37 PM ^

Umbig11 word is that Nick Ward can't stand playing for Izzo and was likely to leave. The problem Nick Ward has is that his skillset is all wrong for Europe and he has zero chance to get drafted; leaving now would have been a virtual death sentence in his career. 

Coming back he has at least a slim chance of improving enough to get a better option next season. Who knows? Maybe he'll learn to deal with Izzo better. 

I for one am glad to have him back in EL.


May 30th, 2018 at 5:50 PM ^

Could be true but I find that hard to believe. Between G League, Europe, Israel, etc. Ward could have easily found a spot. He's a very good offensive player and rebounder.

He doesn't scare me as a player and as a team we matchup well with him. That being said his backup is another version of him in Xavier Tillman. I'd rather he be gone and them not have the depth.