The NBA released its official list of early entry candidates for the NBA Draft. Among the 42 domestic entrants are six members of the Class of 2003, all of whom played in the McDonald's All-American Game in Cleveland in March.
Of the prep players who have declared for the draft, only LeBron James has secured the services of an agent. As long as they do not hire representation, the others can fully participate in draft camps, workouts, and interviews with NBA teams without penalty while maintaining their NCAA eligibility for next season. If they are not satisfied with where they are projected in this year's draft, they can submit notice of withdrawal from the draft to the league by June 19.
Class of 2003 NBA Draft Early Entrants
Player Pos. Data School Town
College Ndudi EbiPF 6-9, 195 Westbury Christian Houston, TXArizona
LeBron JamesSF 6-8, 235 St. Vincent-St. Mary Akron, OH
James LangC 6-10, 305 Central Park Christian Birmingham, AL
Travis OutlawSF 6-8, 195 Starkville Starkville, MSMississippi State
Kendrick PerkinsC 6-10, 265 Ozen Beaumont, TXMemphis
Charlie VillanuevaSF 6-9, 215 Blair Academy Brooklyn, NY
Note: Also on the early entry list are three junior college sophomores: Lamar Castile, a 6-2 forward from CC of Beaver County (PA); Zac Fray, a 6-6 forward from Santa Ana (CA) College, and Richard Jeter, a 6-6 forward from Atlanta Metroplitan College.
One junior college freshman, ex-Oak Hill Academy's Sani Ibrahim, who spent the last season at the College of Southern Idaho, has also made himself eligible.
Jed Tai is a senior writer at Hoopville.com.