NBA Draft 2012 Early Entry Candidates Announced

May 3, 2012

The National Basketball Association announced today that 66 players, including 49 players from U.S. colleges and 17 international players, have filed as early entry candidates for the 2012 NBA Draft.

Among the interesting names are the entire starting five from Kentucky's national championship squad, including likely top pick Anthony Davis; controversial former UCLA Bruins' forward Reeves Nelson; Duke freshman standout Austin Rivers; and Ohio State's rugged Jared Sullinger.

Players wishing to enter the 2012 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA no later than Sunday, April 29. Players still have the right to withdraw their names from the Draft by notifying the NBA in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 18.

The 2012 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 28, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Prior to the Draft, the Lottery will be held on Wednesday, May 30, to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks.

The teams entered in the lottery, and their respective chances of getting the top pick, are as follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of the regular season):

Team Lottery Chances (out of 1,000)

Charlotte -- 250
Washington -- 199
Cleveland  -- 138
New Orleans -- 137
Sacramento -- 76
New Jersey -- 75
Golden State -- 36
Toronto  -- 35
Detroit -- 17
Minnesota (To New Orleans via LA Clippers) -- 11
Portland -- 8
Milwaukee -- 7
Phoenix -- 6
Houston -- 5

Early Entry Candidates for 2012 NBA Draft

U.S. Players

Erik Austin Jackson (CC [MI])
Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
Will Barton (Memphis )
Bradley Beal  (Florida)
J’Covan Brown  (Texas)
Dominic Cheek  (Villanova)
Jared Cunningham  (Oregon State)
Anthony Davis  (Kentucky)
Andre Drummond  (Connecticut)
Dominique Ferguson  (Florida International)
Justin Hamilton (LSU)
Moe Harkless  (St. John’s)
John Henson  (North Carolina)
John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
Perry Jones III (Baylor)
Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)
Doron Lamb (Kentucky)
Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
Meyers Leonard (Illinois)
Damian Lillard (Weber State)
Kendall Marshall (North Carolina)
Fab Melo (Syracuse)
Khris Middleton (Texas A&M)
Quincy Miller (Baylor)
Tony Mitchell (Alabama)
Arnett Moultrie (Mississippi State)
Reeves Nelson (UCLA/Lithuania)
Austin Rivers (Duke)
Peter Roberson (Grambling State)
Quincy Roberts (Grambling State)
Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
Terrence Ross (Washington)
Avery Scharer Shoreline (CC [WA])
Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State)
Jonathon Simmons (Houston)
Terrell Stoglin (Maryland)
Gerardo Suero (Albany)
Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
Raymond Taylor (Florida Atlantic)
Marquis Teague (Kentucky)
Joston Thomas (Hawaii)
Hollis Thompson (Georgetown)
Richard Townsend-Gant (Vancouver Island University)
Dion Waiters (Syracuse)
Maalik Wayns (Villanova)
Royce White (Iowa State)
D’Angelo Williams (Notre Dame de Namur [CA])
Tony Wroten (Washington)

International Players

Furkan Aldemir (Turkey)
Jonas Bergstedt (Spain)
Evan Fournier (France)
Josep Franch (Spain)
Maximilian Kleber (Germany)
Lahaou Konate (France)
Mindaugas Kupsas (Lithuania)
Joffrey Lauvergne  (France)
Abdoulaye Loum  (France)
Nika Metreveli  (Italy)
Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia)
Alen Omic  (Slovenia)
Jakub Parzenski  (Poland)
Sertac Sanli (Turkey)
Tomas Satoransky  (Spain)
Tornike Shengelia (Belgium)
Mathieu Wojciechowski (France)

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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