NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 10: Marquis Teague #25, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14, Anthony Davis #23 and Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats react in the first half against the Florida Gators during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

2012 NBA Draft: Early Entry Deadline Arrives, Final List Revealed

The entire starting five of the Kentucky basketball team, including Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones, announced they will declare for the 2012 NBA Draft. The NBA has announced the full early entry list.

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Bradley Beal To Enter 2012 NBA Draft, Ending Florida Gators Career

The 2012 NBA Draft has been expected to be pretty solid toward the top for the past few seasons, but a wrench could have been put in those plans if the top youngsters decided to stay in school. It seems the majority of the underclassmen will make the jump to the pros this summer, though -- or at least those that are presumed to be picked toward the top of the draft.

The latest player to make plans to turn professional is Florida Gators freshman Bradley Beal, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. The 6'3 guard averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists this past season while helping Florida to the NCAA Tournament.

The talented freshman didn't have the greatest experience at his lone March Madness outing, but SB Nation's Mike Prada believes that will only help make him a better prospect at the next level.

For college fans, the display ruined the perfect narrative of the talented freshman who seized control of a veteran team when it needed that most. For NBA fans like myself, though, the exchange was important for another reason. Failure can lead to tremendous growth, especially for an 18-year-old kid. Failure, in this case, will cause said growth, because so much was already needed to even get Beal to this point.

It'll be interesting to see if NBA scouts saw it the same way Prada did. Our own Tom Ziller ran down some of the possible criticisms of Beal in a recent mock draft.

For more on the Gators, be sure to visit Alligator Army.


Thomas Robinson Officially Declares For 2012 NBA Draft

The 2012 NCAA Tournament has wrapped up and the early declarations for the upcoming NBA Draft have begun. Many standout players during the regular NCAA basketball season and the just-completed March Madness are looking to parlay their performance and national exposure into the hope of turning pro. The latest to declare for the draft is Thomas Robinson, a junior forward from tournament runners-up the Kansas Jayhawks.

Related: Which Players Are Declaring For The 2012 NBA Draft?

According to SB Nation Kansas City, Robinson officially announced his decision at at press conference at the Allen Fieldhouse on Monday. He expressed his appreciation for the school and their basketball program and Kansas head coach Bill Self wished the young player nothing but the best.

Robinson doesn't have a preference on a pro team, which is good because he is likely to be a lottery pick and could be selected as high as No. 2 overall in this year's draft.

For all news and information regarding the Kansas Jayhawks, please visit Rock Chalk Talk or check out SB Nation Kansas City.

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Trey Burke To Return To Michigan Basketball, Spurns NBA Draft

While the weeks following the 2012 NCAA Tournament have featured a flurry of activity as standout players have declared their early entry into the NBA Draft, at least one college basketball star will be returning to school for another year.

Related: Which Players Are Declaring For The 2012 NBA Draft?

According to Dylan Burkhardt of UM Hoops, Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke will be back at the school for his 2012-13 sophomore season. From the official Michigan press release:

"Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time thinking and praying about my future — not just about next year but many years down the road," said Burke. "After gathering information, I am excited to be continuing my education at Michigan as we look to accomplish even more in our 2012-13 season."

Burke may be thinking of next year's NCAA Tournament, since his Wolverines were upset early and bumped out of this year's March Madness before they really had a chance to get going.

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Perry Jones III To Declare For 2012 NBA Draft, According To Report

In a move that is not a surprise, Baylor sophomore forward Perry Jones III will declare for the 2012 NBA Draft, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman.

Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III will head to the NBA. According to sources close to the program, the talented 6-foot-10 Texas native has decided to leave school.

Many expected Jones to declare after his freshman season, especially after he was handed a six-game suspension for accepting improper benefits, but Jones instead elected to return to Baylor. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in leading the Bears to the Elite 8, but failed to alleviate concerns about his inconsistency and reversion to contact inside. Nevertheless, due to his skills, size and upside, he is expected to be a lottery pick.

Goodman also reports that Baylor freshman forward Quincy Miller will make a decision on his future on Tuesday. The highly-acclaimed freshman averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as he returned from a knee injury suffered in high school.

For more on Baylor, visit Our Daily Bears and SB Nation Dallas.


2012 NBA Draft: Damian Lillard, Top Point Guard Prospect, Will Turn Pro

The 2012 NBA Draft is filled with depth in the front court, but the consensus seems to be that there are not a lot of point guard prospects worthy of a first round pick this June. One of the floor generals that seems to be ready for the NBA is Damian Lillard, a prospect that flew under the radar for most of the season.

Lillard, a 6-foot-3 junior point guard, held a press conference on Tuesday to announce his intentions of going pro after three seasons of donning a Weber State Wildcats jersey.

"I am extremely proud of Damian and couldn't be happier for him," Weber State head coach Randy Rahe, who recruited Lillard to Weber State, said in a press release. "He is a terrific player but he's even a better person and has represented us so well. No one I have been associated has worked harder than he has and I couldn't be prouder for him."

In 32 games this past season, the high-scoring guard averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds and four assists while shooting better than 40 percent from the three-point arc. The consensus seems to be that Lillard and North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall are the top two point guard prospects in this year's draft class.


2012 NBA Draft: Terrence Ross Will Leave Washington, But Tony Wroten Remains Undecided

Terrence Ross, the Washington Huskies' brilliant sophomore wing, will enter the 2012 NBA Draft, he announced on Sunday. Ross hails from Portland and averaged 16 points and six rebounds a game for the Huskies this season. DraftExpress currently lists Ross as the No. 20 draft-eligible prospect in the world.

Ross' Washington teammate Tony Wroten remains undecided, however. The Seattle Times' Percy Allen reports that Wroten, a freshman, is considering leaving, but won't make a decision on the draft until closer to the NCAA's April 11 early entry deadline. (The NBA doesn't actually require prospects to declare their intent until the end of April, but the NCAA decided to move up the deadline to essentially prevent players from testing the waters by working out for teams before signing with an agent.)

Wroten averaged 16 points, five rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. DraftExpress has him ranked as the No. 23 prospect.

For more on Husky basketball, visit SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.


Austin Rivers Leaving Duke, Will Enter NBA Draft

Austin Rivers will reportedly leave Duke after one season to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.


Kentucky Wildcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist To Enter 2012 NBA Draft, According To Report

The 2012 NBA draft has long been expected to be one of the best in quite awhile, but the depth of a given draft's talent pool is always subject to change depending on which players decide to stay in school. One of the players expected to land in 2012's top five, Kentucky Wildcats wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, is apparently leaning toward declaring for this year's draft.

Kidd-Gilchrist said earlier this year that he wants to graduate from Kentucky, but ESPN's Chad Ford reported on Thursday afternoon that the talented freshman is leaning toward taking his talents to the NBA.

Kentucky freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will enter the 2012 NBA draft after the Wildcats' season ends, multiple sources told on Thursday.

"He hopes he'll be able to announce right after they win the NCAA championship," one source said. "But even if they don't win it all, he's coming. He knows he's going to be a top-5 pick. He can't pass that up."

It's terrible timing on Ford's part, considering Kidd-Gilchrist will now be bombarded with questions about the draft while trying to finish out his college career with an NCAA championship, but ultimately solid reporting if it turns out to be true.

For more on the Wildcats, be sure to visit A Sea Of Blue.


Iowa State's Royce White To Enter 2012 NBA Draft, According To Report

Royce White, the Iowa State forward who led the Cyclones past defending national champion UConn in the NCAA Tournament and played well against a stacked Kentucky team, will enter the 2012 NBA Draft, reports Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports.

White has just one collegiate season under his belt, as he didn't play as a freshman at Minnesota in 2009-10 and sat out the 2010-11 season. He averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Iowa State this season, and will turn 21 years old in April, putting him at an age on par with prospects who have had three years of collegiate experience.

Goodman reports that NBA scouts have pegged White for the late first-round after his strong tournament production. DraftExpress lists White even higher, as the No. 20 draft-eligible prospect in the nation.

For more on White's decision, visit SB Nation's Iowa State blog Wide Right and Natty Lite.

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