The NCAA Tournament returned in 2021 and there was plenty of March Madness. With players getting to showcase their abilities on the grand stage, we were able to get a sense of which ones may enter the pool for the 2021 NBA Draft. The NBA announced the 2021 draft will take place on July 29, with the NBA Draft Combine to be held at the end of June from the 21-27. The NBA Draft Lottery will be on June 22.
So with all these dates set, we can start to look at players who are declaring for the draft. Below we’ll be tracking all the latest names from college basketball and throughout the world. The deadline to declare is Sunday, May 30 at midnight.
Johnny Juzang, G, UCLA
Update, April 20 — After the Bruins’ run to the Final Four, Juzang is going to test the 2021 NBA Draft waters, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday. Juzang is not hiring an agent, so he can return to UCLA for his Junior season. He scored the second-highest total in a tournament by a UCLA player with 137 points in six games to help the Bruins make an improbable run. Juzang has good size for a two-guard and has the tools to develop into a decent scorer in the NBA.
Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga
Update, April 19 — Gonzaga star guard Jalen Suggs officially declares for the 2021 NBA Draft. Suggs, who helped lead the Bulldogs to the National Championship game, is expected to be a top 5 pick in the draft. He’s ranked 3rd among ESPN’s top 100 prospects.
Mac McClung, G, Texas Tech
Update, April 11 — McClung has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft and has also entered the transfer portal, per his Twitter page. McClung was the leading scorer for the Red Raiders this past season, averaging 15.5 points per game.
Moses Moody, G, Arkansas
Update, April 9 — Arkansas guard Moses Moody has opted to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft and will hire an agent. Moody averaged 16.8 points per game this season and helped lead the Razorbacks to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual National Champion Baylor. Moody announced the news on ESPN’s The Jump this afternoon. Moody is ranked 21st overall on ESPN’s top 100 prospect rankings, and is expected to be a fringe-lottery pick in the first round.
Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor
Update, April 7 — Baylor G Davion Mitchell will enter the 2021 NBA Draft and hire an agent, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Mitchell just helped lead Baylor to the National title over Gonzaga. Mitchell is projected to go in the lottery, ranked 12th overall on ESPN’s top 100 prospects. Mitchell is ranked 2nd among PGs behind Cade Cunningham.
Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee
Update, April 7 — Tennessee G Keon Johnson will declare for the 2021 NBA Draft and hire an agent, per ESPN. Johnson is projected to go in the lottery in 2021, coming in ranked 6th in the top 100 overall prospects on ESPN. Johnson fits the mold of a prototypical wing in the NBA. He’s got good size for a two-guard at 6’5” and was named to the SEC’s all-rookie team this season for the Vols.
Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois
Update, April 6 — Illinois G Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent, ESPN reported. Dosunmu led the Illini in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per game. He helped Illinois win the Big 10 tournament and secure a No. 1 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Dosunmu is expected to be a first-round pick in July, coming in ranked 22nd overall on ESPN’s top 100 prospects for the draft.
Marcus Bagley, SF, Arizona State
Update, April 6 — Arizona State SF Marcus Bagley will declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, ESPN reported Tuesday. Bagley is the brother of Sacramento Kings PF/C Marvin Bagley III. Marcus Bagley has not yet hired an agent, so he can opt to return to ASU for his sophomore season. As a freshman, Bagley averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He is the 5th-ranked SF and 27th overall on ESPN’s top 100 prospect rankings for 2021.
James Bouknight, G, UConn
The sophomore from Connecticut will forego his junior year and enter the 2021 draft pool and plans to hire an agent, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The hiring of the agent means Bouknight will not be allowed to return to school after the deadline to declare, which is Sunday, May 30. Bouknight led the Huskies in scoring at 18.7 points per game this season. The Brooklyn Native missed 8 games due to injury and came back to lead UConn into the NCAA Tournament as a 10-seed, losing to No. 7 Maryland in the first round.
Here’s a personal statement from Bouknight:
Neemias Queta, C, Utah State
Queta declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on March 29 and will forego his senior season at Utah State. The 7-footer averaged 14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in his junior year. He isn’t projected to go in the first round, but could be selected at some point later in the draft given his size. Queta was named Mountain West Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year this season.
Bryce Hamilton, G, UNLV
The Rebels leading scorer will enter the 2021 NBA Draft, Hamilton announced on Twitter. He is not hiring an agent, so Hamilton has the option to return for his senior season in 2021-22. Hamilton averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2020-21.
David Duke, G, Providence
Providence G David Duke will hire an agent and declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, according to his Twitter. Duke averaged 16.8 points, 63. rebounds and 4.8 assists in his junior year for the Friars. He is ranked 14th among point guards on ESPN’s list of top 100 prospects for the 2021 draft.
Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn
Auburn G Sharife Cooper is forgoing his sophomore season and entering the 2021 NBA Draft, the Tigers announced on Friday. Sharife led Auburn in scoring, averaging 20.2 points with 8.1 assists per game as a freshman. Cooper is a potential lottery pick, ranked 17th overall on ESPN’s top 100 prospects for the 2021 draft. He’s ranked 4th among point guards.
Scottie Lewis, G, Florida
Florida G Scottie Lewis will hire an agent and enter the 2021 NBA Draft, per his Instagram page. Lewis averaged 7.9 points as a sophomore for the Gators this season. He is not among ESPN’s top 100 prospects for the 2021 draft.