A record 236 players were on the NBA’s official early-entry list, including 181 from the college ranks.
The deadline for underclassmen and international players to file with the NBA was Sunday night.
College players who entered the NBA draft but do not hire an agent have until May 30 to return to their programs. Which players testing the waters should return to school? And which made a mistake by forgoing their eligibility?
Among the record-setting number of players who will go through the process, hope to receive an invite to the combine and work out for NBA teams are Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo of Villanova, Syracuse wing Tyus Battle and Boston College’s Jerome Robinson. A trio of Kentucky players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo — declared with an agent, while fellow Wildcats Wenyen Gabriel, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington all decided to declare without an agent.
“But I want to be abundantly clear, if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did hit this young lady, he won’t be a part of this organization going forward,” he told reporters.
Lynch spoke publicly Monday for the first time since Foster was charged with felony domestic violence on April 12 after being accused by authorities of dragging his girlfriend and punching her in the head, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum.
A plea hearing is scheduled for April 30.
The 49ers announced a few days later that Foster would not take part in the offseason program while he deals with the legal matter. Lynch said Monday that Foster also will not be at the team’s minicamp in June.
Lynch said Foster is in contact with members of his player development staff and working out on his own during this period where he is not allowed to be part of the team.
Lynch said the team has been in contact with the league, which could place Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list while the legal process plays out, which would keep him away from the team and off the roster.