2016 NBA Draft: Who’s Leaving School Early

Freshman Malik Beasley declared for the 2016 NBA Draft on Tuesday, becoming the first player in Florida State history to leave school for the draft after just one season.
Freshman Malik Beasley declared for the 2016 NBA Draft on Tuesday, becoming the first player in Florida State history to leave school for the draft after just one season.

With the 2015-16 season slowly starting to wind down, the 2016 NBA Draft is quickly becoming the main focus for basketball fans and players alike. Players are starting to declare for the draft, and pro teams are starting to assemble their final draft boards ahead of the combine and the main event, the draft itself.

There are new draft rules this season that will affect the number of players declaring early. Barring a player doesn’t sign with an agent, they are able to ‘test the waters’ of the draft, so to speak. Players can attend the draft combine and see where they are projected to be selected, and then decide if they want to stay in the draft or return to school.

The rule changes put coaches between a rock and a hard place in terms of scholarships, but that’s a topic for another day.

Below, you can find a list of players who have declared early for the 2016 NBA Draft (collegiate players only). Some are equipped with a story related to their decision to leave school.

As players declare, we will update the list accordingly, so be sure to check back on a regular basis to see who all is leaving the college ranks for the bright lights of the NBA.

Who’s Leaving School Early for Draft

** = declared, but have not signed with an agent; eligible to return to school.

Jaron Blossomgame – Clemson Tigers** (Story)

Kris Dunn – Providence Friars

Malik Beasley – Florida State Seminoles

Makai Mason – Yale Bulldogs** (Story)

Ben Simmons – LSU Tigers (Story)

Isaiah Whitehead – Seton Hall Pirates**

Malik Newman – Mississippi State Bulldogs**

Caleb Swanigan – Purdue Boilermakers**

Chinanu Onauku – Louisville Cardinals**

All Eligible Players – Kentucky Wildcats**

Jamal Murray – Kentucky Wildcats

Ben Bentil – Providence Friars**

Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber – NC State Wolfpack

Cheick Diallo – Kansas Jayhawks**

Abdul-Malik Abu – NC State Wolfpack

Dejounte Murray – Washington Huskies (Story)

Marquese Chriss – Washington Huskies (Story)

Peter Jok – Iowa Hawkeyes**

Tim Quarterman – LSU Tigers

Stephen Zimmerman – UNLV Rebels

Trevor Thompson – Ohio State Buckeyes**

James Webb III – Boise State Broncos**

Wade Baldwin IV – Vanderbilt Commodores

Devin Williams – West Virginia Mountaineers

DeAndre Bembry – Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Wayne Selden – Kansas Jayhawks

Trevon Bluiett – Xavier Musketeers**

Jalen Reynolds – Xavier Musketeers**

Stefan Jankovic – Hawaii Warriors**

Demetrius Jackson – Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Brannen Greene – Kansas Jayhawks

Maurice Watson, Jr. – Creighton Bluejays**

Antonio Blakeney – LSU Tigers**

Tony Anderson – SE Missouri State Redhawks

Kareem Canty – Auburn Tigers

Rosco Allen – Stanford Cardinal**

Rodney Purvis – Connecticut Huskies**

Amida Brimah – Connecticut Huskies**

Daniel Hamilton – Connecticut Huskies**

Henry Ellenson – Marquette Golden Eagles (Story)

Brandon Ingram – Duke Blue Devils

Que Johnson – Washington State Cougars

Julian Jacobs – USC Trojans

– T.B.