The NBA recently announced that early entrants who wish to declare for the 2021 NBA draft have until the end of the day on Sunday, May 30 to make that decision official. That means college and international players who aren’t automatically draft-eligible still have nearly two months to apply.
In recent years, we’ve generally over 200 players declare for each draft as early entrants, with fewer than half of those players ultimately keeping their names in the draft and going pro. We can probably expect that pattern to continue in 2021, with many early entrants declaring before the end of May, and then withdrawing from consideration by the NCAA’s deadline (TBD) or the NBA’s deadline (July 19).
The list of “early” entrants figures to be even bigger than usual this season because the NCAA granted players an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.