June 23, 2024

Caleb Love, Mark Sears and Full List of Players to Withdraw from 2024 NBA Draft | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Caleb Love #2 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots a free throw during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2024 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Crypto.com Arena on March 28, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

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Arizona standout Caleb Love and Alabama star Mark Sears are among 93 players who have withdrawn from the 2024 NBA Draft, the league announced Thursday.

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The NBA announced today that 93 players from colleges and other basketball teams or leagues have notified the league that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the NBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm. Following the NBA’s… pic.twitter.com/VdG7BBSLf1

Both Love and Sears previously announced on social media that they planned to return for another year of NCAA eligibility.

Other “early entry” players who wish to remove themselves from draft consideration must notify the NBA by June 16, according to the NBA.

The draft begins June 27 in Brooklyn, New York.

Love will spend his final season of NCAA eligibility with Arizona after leading the Wildcats to the Pac-12 regular-season championship during his first year with the team.

Sears, who is similarly using his fifth year of eligibility to return to Alabama, will raise the program’s NCAA Tournament expectations even higher than this spring’s Final Four appearance.

UConn will meanwhile boost the program’s hopes of a championship threepeat with the return of Alex Karaban, who started 39 of 40 games for the Huskies last season.

Other withdrawal standouts include Tyon Grant-Foster, who recovered from multiple heart surgeries to lead Grand Canyon to the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory this spring, and Xaivian Lee, a standout Princeton playmaker who averaged 17.1 points per game last season.

Jalon Moore will return to Oklahoma after averaging 11.2 points through 31 starts in his first season with the team. He is likely to take on a larger role on the Sooners’ roster with five of the team’s top six scorers having departed this spring, per The Oklahoman’s Colton Sulley.

Adama Bal, who led Santa Clara with 31.2 minutes per game last season, will also return for a second season. He could up his draft stock with a second campaign at a school that recently produced a first-round pick in Brandin Podziemski.

Players who remain in the draft past the May 29 deadline, including Bronny James and David Jones, are no longer eligible to return to the NCAA.





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