College players leaving early for the NBA Draft or returning to school

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As the college basketball offseason kicks off, the coaching carousel and non-stop transfer activity are not the only discussion points in college basketball. The NBA prospects that have decided to enter the draft are starting to trickle in, and we need to keep tabs on all the action. Who’s in? Who’s out?

* = Player is reportedly leaving or expected to leave, but hasn't officially announced.

Leaving early

Jordan Adams

 UCLA

 6-5 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: UCLA’s best scorer this past season, Adams can make shots at all three levels and will find ways to get points. 

Mychal Ammons

 South Alabama

 6-6 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Yeah, this is weird. Ammons didn't even average double-figures for South Alabama this season. 

Kyle Anderson

 UCLA

 6-9 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Maybe the most unique player in college basketball, Anderson is a matchup nightmare at the college level. 

Isaiah Austin

 Baylor

 7-1 | Center 

 Comment: Given his size and skillset, Austin has a very high ceiling. If he adds some muscle and plays more consistently, he will be very good. 

Chane Behanan

 Colorado State

 6-6 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Behanan was dismissed from Louisville back in December, and will never suit up for Colorado State. Doubt he gets drafted. 

Khem Birch

 UNLV

 6-9 | Center 

 Comment: The former Pitt transfer was a dominant defensive player in the Mountain West, and averaged a double-double this past season.

Sim Bhullar

 New Mexico State

 7-5 | Center 

 Comment: The largest man in college basketball seems likely to take the next step. He needs to improve his conditioning, but he scores at the rim.

Jabari Brown

 Missouri

 6-5 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Brown is a guy who can score at the next level. He went through stretches where he was unstoppable this season. Makes shots.

Jahii Carson

 Arizona State

 5-10 | Point Guard: 

 Comment: Carson showed signs of being absolutely unguardable this season, but his streaky outside shot is a question mark.

Semaj Christon

 Xavier

 6-3 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Christon’s ability to get into the lane had few peers across the country, and his attacking mindset should help at the next level.

Jordan Clarkson

 Missouri

 6-5 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Started off very strong for the first half of the season, then struggled a bit. Aggressive scorer who can create for himself and others.

DeAndre Daniels

 Connecticut

 6-9 | Small Forward 

 Comment: He might have been gone either way, but Daniels' big-time NCAA Tournament performance boosted his NBA stock considerably.

Spencer Dinwiddie

 Colorado

 6-6 | Point Guard 

 Comment: He missed the last two months of the season after tearing his ACL, and it will be interesting to see if that impacts his draft stock.

Joel Embiid

 Kansas

 7-0 | Center 

 Comment: He might be the No. 1 pick in the draft, and his rise over the past three years has been nothing short of extraordinary. 

Tyler Ennis

 Syracuse

 6-2 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Not many people expected Ennis to be a one-and-done player when he went to Syracuse, but he was one of the best PGs in the country.

Aaron Gordon

 Arizona

 6-9 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Came into the season as one of the "big four" freshmen, and while he didn't put up crazy numbers, he's an elite defender and athlete. 

Jerami Grant

 Syracuse

 6-8 | Small Forward 

 Comment: After a breakout sophomore season, Grant is gone. He's extremely athletic and does a lot of damage without designed sets.

Gary Harris

 Michigan State

 6-4 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Harris is one of the best two-way guards at the college level, and his ability to score in different ways translates to the next level. 

Rodney Hood

 Duke

 6-8 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Hood was overshadowed somewhat by Jabari Parker, but he's a dangerous offensive player who can get points at all three levels.

Nick Johnson

 Arizona

 6-3 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Johnson is dead set on entering the draft. He can play both guard positions, but will likely have to be a point guard at the next level.

Alex Kirk

 New Mexico

 7-0 | Center 

 Comment: Kirk didn't have a great season, but he is a legit 7-feet and can also step out and knock down shots from the perimeter.

Zach LaVine

 UCLA

 6-5 | Point Guard 

 Comment: LaVine was stellar during the non-conference portion of the season, but struggled down the stretch. Will be interesting to watch.

James Michael McAdoo

 North Carolina

 6-9 | Power Forward 

 Comment: This one caught some people by surprise. He's been a little up and down during his career, but he's athletic and talented.

K.J. McDaniels

 Clemson

 6-6 | Small Forward 

 Comment: K.J. McDaniels blew up as a junior, and his athleticism and defense will likely push him into the first round of the draft.

Mitch McGary

 Michigan

 6-10 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Despite missing most of the year with a bad back, McGary basically had no choice, after it was revealed he was facing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test.

Eric Moreland

 Oregon State

 6-10 | Power Forward 

 Comment: He hasn't officially announced yet, but sources indicate he's leaning toward entering the draft.

Johnny O'Bryant

 LSU

 6-9 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Steadily improved as his career went on, and had some absolutely dominant performances during his final season with the Tigers. 

Jabari Parker

 Duke

 6-8 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Parker will battle to be the top pick in the draft, and after taking some time thinking about his decision, he is going pro.

Elfrid Payton

 UL-Lafayette

 6-3 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Could Payton be the next Damian Lillard? Payton put up big numbers this past season, and will be a first-round pick.

Julius Randle

 Kentucky

 6-9| Power Forward 

 Comment: Randle will be a top-five pick in the draft, with his strength around the rim and ability to rack up double-doubles with ease.

Glenn Robinson III

 Michigan

 6-6 | Small Forward 

 Comment: His stock might have dipped a little this past season, but he's still a terrific athlete who excels in transition and off cuts.

LaQuinton Ross

 Ohio State

 6-8 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Ross was one of the few consistent scorers for Ohio State, and he has the ability to create matchup issues.

JaKarr Sampson

 St. John's

 6-8 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Sampson’s length and athleticism give him the potential to be a versatile defender in the pros.

Marcus Smart

 Oklahoma State

 6-4 | Point Guard 

 Comment: His stock might have dipped a little bit this season, but Smart is still one of the better guards in the draft.

Roscoe Smith

 UNLV

 6-8 | Power Forward 

 Comment: The former Connecticut transfer blossomed into a double-double machine this season -- and he might be worried about the talent coming in.

Nik Stauskas

 Michigan

 6-6 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: After a breakout season where Stauskas showed he was more than a shooter, he might have played himself into the late lottery. 

Jarnell Stokes

 Tennessee

 6-8 | Power Forward 

 Comment: By the end of the season, Stokes was maybe the best rebounder in the NCAA Tournament. Double-double machine for the Vols.

T.J. Warren

 North Carolina State

 6-8 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Maybe the best pure scorer in the country, Warren developed into a first-round pick in Raleigh. 

Andrew Wiggins

 Kansas

 6-8 | Small Forward 

 Comment: He was the projected No. 1 pick heading into the season, and he won’t drop past No. 2. Came on strong late.

Noah Vonleh

 Indiana

 6-10 | Power Forward 

 Comment: After one season in Bloomington, Vonleh is gone. He didn’t show off his entire skillset this season, but is a top-10 pick.

James Young

 Kentucky

 6-6| Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Young didn't get the attention of Julius Randle or the Harrisons, but he was consistent and was a knockdown shooter.

Staying Put

Brandon Ashley

 Arizona

 6-8 | Power Forward 

 Comment: His injury midway through the conference season likely forced his return. Expanded his offensive game in his sophomore season.

Ron Baker

 Wichita State

 6-3 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Baker has developed into a dangerous player on the offensive end, especially in catch-and-shoot situations.

Ryan Boatright

 Connecticut

 6-0 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Boatright will be the main man in Storrs next season, with the departures of Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels. He can score.

Willie Cauley-Stein

 Kentucky

 7-0 | Center 

 Comment: Would have been one of the top bigs in the draft, but decided to return to Lexington. Had a late-season injury.

Branden Dawson

 Michigan State

 6-6 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Dawson had a dominant finish to the season, but struggled in the season-ending loss. Will become a go-to-guy next season. 

Sam Dekker

 Wisconsin

 6-7 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Has a terrific all-around skillset, but needs to be a little more aggressive on the offensive end.

A.J. Hammons

 Purdue

 7-0 | Center 

 Comment: In terms of talent, Hammons is among the best bigs in the country. He needs to be more consistent and dominant next season, though. 

Olivier Hanlan

 Boston College

 6-4 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Hanlan is a talented scorer who can get his own shot consistently, but he won't have much talent surrounding him next season. 

Montrezl Harrell

 Louisville

 6-8 | Power Forward 

 Comment: One of the more surprising decisions so far, Harrell is looking to improve from a late-first round pick to the lottery.

Aaron Harrison

 Kentucky

 6-6 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: Basically became a Kentucky legend with his clutch shooting in the NCAA Tournament -- and he's coming back for another go-round.

Andrew Harrison

 Kentucky

 6-6 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Improved on his playmaking and decision-making as the season progressing; another season in college will improve his stock.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

 Arizona

 6-7 | Small Forward 

 Comment: Hollis-Jefferson was impressive in a variety of roles this season, but he can really take the next step next season.

R.J. Hunter

 Georgia State

 6-5 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: He was one of the best mid-major scorers in the country, and his ability to make the outside shot is outstanding.

Brice Johnson

 North Carolina

 6-9 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Johnson showed flashes this past season, but he could use some bulking up and refining down low.

Dakari Johnson

 Kentucky

 7-0| Center 

 Comment: The battle for the two post positions in Lexington will be high-level. Johnson came on strong down the stretch and needs to continue.

Frank Kaminsky

 Wisconsin

 7-0 | Center 

 Comment: Had a breakout campaign this past season, and some thought he might ride his monster NCAA Tournament into the draft.

Jarell Martin

 LSU

 6-9 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Martin has terrific potential, but another year in Baton Rouge is needed. Has a versatile skillset for his position.

Jordan Mickey

 LSU

 6-9 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Mickey was one of the most impressive freshmen in the country, but another year with Jarell Martin is great for LSU.

Marcus Paige

 North Carolina

 6-2 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Paige developed into one of the best players in the ACC, and next year could take the next step.

Alex Poythress

 Kentucky

 6-8| Power Forward 

 Comment: Minutes will be tough to come by next season in the Kentucky frontcourt, but Poythress has to prove he can play the 3.

Wayne Selden

 Kansas

 6-5 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: With Wiggins and Embiid gone next season, Selden will take on a bigger role within the Kansas offense.

Juwan Staten

 West Virginia

 6-1 | Guard 

 Comment: The former Dayton transfer became one of the Big 12's best scorers, and could be a league Player of the Year candidate next season.

Kaleb Tarczewski

 Arizona

 7-0 | Center 

 Comment: He's a legitimate 7-feet, and he's able to score with his back to the basket. He just needs to be a little more aggressive.

Chris Walker

 Florida

 6-10 | Power Forward 

 Comment: Walker didn't play much this season for the Gators, but he's a super talent with a high ceiling. Will break out next season.

Nigel Williams-Goss

 Washington

 6-3 | Point Guard 

 Comment: He made the right decision by coming back. He's a savvy player who produces in different ways, but needed to return.

Delon Wright

 Utah

 6-5 | Point Guard 

 Comment: Wright boosted his NBA stock this season, given his size and playmaking ability. Can he make the outside shot?

Joseph Young

 Oregon

 6-2 | Shooting Guard 

 Comment: He's not a pure point guard and not big enough to be an NBA two-guard -- but he's a terrific scorer who can get hot from outside.

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