This will be an ongoing list of underclassmen who have declared for the NBA draft (with some comments provided by ESPN.com) and are either foregoing their college eligibility by signing with an agent or are very likely to stay in the draft. Underclassmen have until April 27 to declare for the June 26 draft. Those who did not hire an agent have until June 16 to withdraw their name from the draft.
D.J. Augustin, Texas (Sophomore), PG – Projection: Lottery
Recap: All-American, won Bob Cousy Award for top point guard, led team with averages of 19.2 points and 5.8 assists and 118 3-pointers.
Keith Brumbaugh, Hillsborough Community College, SF – Projection: Late first to early second
Recap: Top scorer in the junior college level, averaging 36.5 points to go with 10 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.8 steals.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis (Junior), SG – Projection: Late first to early second
Recap: All-American, NCAA all-tournament team, Conference USA player of the year, averaged a team-high 18.1 points and 41.3 percent on 3-pointers and helped Memphis win 38 games, a record for most wins in a season.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, UCLA (Junior), SF – Projection: Late first to early second
Pros: Aggressive defender.
Similarities: Ron Artest
Kevin Love, UCLA (Freshman), C – Projection: Lottery
Recap: All-American who averaged a team-high 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds.
Pros: Strong in the paint.
Similarities: Bill Walton
Brandon Rush, Kansas (Junior), SG – Projection: Mid to late first round
Recap: MVP of the Big 12 tournament, and averaged a team-high 13.3 points.
Anthony Randolph, LSU (Freshman), PF – Projection: Top 10
Recap: Led the Tigers with 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game to go with 15.6 points.
Pros: Long, athletic big man.
Similarities: Chris Bosh or Brandan Wright
Derrick Rose, Memphis (Freshman), PG – Projection: Top 2
Recap: Third-team All-American, averaged 20.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in six games in the NCAA Tournament and helped Memphis win 38 games, a record for most wins in a season.
Pros: Best pure point guard in the draft.
Michael Beasley, Kansas State (Freshman), PF – Projection: Top 2
Recap: All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year and third freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounds at 12.4 per game to go with 26.2 points a contest.
Pros: Agile power forward who is exceptionally versatile, able to power his way inside or step out to the perimeter, shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.
O.J. Mayo, USC (Freshman), SG – Projection: Top 10
Recap: Averaged a team-high 20.7 points and set freshman school records for scoring average, points in a season (684) and 3-pointers (88).
Eric Gordon, Indiana (Freshman), SG – Projection: Top 10
Recap: Third-team All-American led the Big Ten in scoring (20.9 points), set school and Big Ten freshman scoring records with 669 points and won the conference’s freshman player of the year award.
Pros: Nifty moves and 3-point shooting.
Similarities: A bigger, better version of Ben Gordon.
Jerryd Bayless, Arizona (Freshman), PG – Projection: Top 10
Recap: Averaged a team-high 19.7 points and set a school record for most points in a three-game span with 103 points.
Pros: Combination of elite athleticism, shooting ability and quickness
Similarities: Gilbert Arenas
Brook Lopez, Stanford (Sophomore), C – Projection: Top 10
Recap: Third-team All American and first-team Pac-10 selection, averaged 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds this season.
Pros: Big, athletic center.