Only four of the 66 players who applied for early entry in the NBA draft played in the Pac-12 last season.
The list has 49 collegiate and 17 international players who made themselves eligible for the June 28 draft.
There were few surprises between the early-entry list the NBA released today following its April 29 deadline and the candidates who declared they were leaving for the draft before the April 10 NCAA deadline.
The former Pac-12 underclassmen who left school early include: Washington’s Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr., Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham and UCLA’s Reeves Nelson.
There was speculation UCLA’s Joshua Smith, California’s Allen Crabbe and Colorado’s Andre Roberson might consider declaring for the draft, but it appears as if each will return next season.
Last year nine players Pac-12 schools declared for the draft including: Alec Burks, DeAngelo Casto, Jeremy Green, Tyler Honeycutt, Malcolm Lee, Isaiah Thomas, Klay Thompson, Nikola Vucevic and Derrick Williams.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Jeff Goodman at CBSsports.com previews the early-entry list and thinks Ross is a mid-first round pick, Wroten made a mistake, Cunningham is rising to the first round and Nelson won’t get drafted.
— Oregon added Fred Richardson, a 6-5 guard from Friendswood, Texas to the 2012 recruiting class. The Ducks signed the swingman Damyean Dotson, point guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter. They have two scholarship remaining.
— Rodney Billups, the former University of Denver point guard and brother of NBA player Chauncey Billups, is Colorado’s director of basketball operations.
— Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby will become Big 12 commissioner.
— ESPN analyst Hubert Davis is joining the North Carolina coaching staff as an assistant.