SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA on Tuesday released the final list of early entrants for its annual June draft, and five local players are among the 233 who have declared.
The Deseret News previously reported that BYU's Yoeli Childs and Utah State's Neemias Queta had declared. Also on the NBA's list are Utah's Donnie Tillman and Jayce Johnson and Weber State's Jerrick Harding.
Players will have until May 29 to return to school while keeping their eligibility. New this year, players are allowed to hire agents to help them during the predraft process without ending their eligibility. In previous years, prospects who did not have agents had to rely on family and coaches to help them secure predraft workouts to audition for NBA teams.
This is the third straight year in which at least one Runnin' Ute has ended up on the NBA's final early entry list without much fanfare, as David Collette declared in 2017 and Sedrick Barefield did so in 2018.
Both of those players returned to school for their senior campaigns after the predraft process.
The Deseret News reported earlier this month that Johnson has entered the transfer portal, although that does not necessarily mean he will for sure leave Utah even if he removes his name from the draft.
Johnson will be a senior next season, while Tillman will be a junior, should they return to school.Comment on this story
Harding received First Team All-Big Sky honors for the Wildcats. On April 10, he announced via Twitter his intention to enter the draft and hire an agent for the workout process, but he plans on preserving his collegiate eligibility.
Queta is the most likely of the five to get selected, and he's even been getting some first-round buzz after an exceptional freshman season for the Aggies.
The Utah Jazz own the 23rd pick of the draft's first round.
The draft will take place on June 20 in New York City.