Davis Bertans, 6'10 small forward from Latvia, will pull out of the 2011 NBA Draft on Monday if he doesn't receive a promise from a team picking in the first round, reports ESPN's Chad Ford. Bertans, just 18 years old, has been slotted in the late first round in the draft run-up, and is working out at Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, with other top international draft prospects.
DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony reported Friday that Bertans was likely to withdraw from the draft.
Ford said that Bertans is looking for a first-round guarantee on Sunday, with many of the NBA's teams at Eurocamp to watch and visit with prospects. If he doesn't receive it, he will withdraw his name from the draft on Monday, potentially to re-enter within the next two years. The other name mentioned as a potential withdrawal is Lucas Nogueira, a 6'11 Brazilian center.
International players younger than 22 who have submitted their names for entry in the 2011 draft have until Monday to withdraw. College underclassmen who enter the draft have to play by the NCAA withdrawal deadline; the college body moved that up to early May for this year, and it'll actually come before the NBA accepts early entry candidacies next year.