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

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Jabari Parker formally declared for the NBA draft on Thursday. (USATSI)
Jabari Parker formally declared for the NBA draft; will he be No. 1? (USATSI)

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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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