2008 NBA Draft Early Entry List
by: DraftExpress
April 2, 2008
Who is officially in and out of the NBA draft as of April 7th on the domestic and international fronts. Links to media reports, commentary, and early draft projections on where the potential early-entry candidates might land.


NCAA Players- IN
PlayerClassAgent?Early Draft ProjectionCommentary
Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, PG, Gonzaga Junior No 35-60 Super athletic scoring point guard who could clearly use another year of college basketball to polish up his game. LINK
Michael Beasley, 6-9, PF, Kansas State Freshman Soon 1-2 Incredibly skilled power forward with NBA all-star potential
Joe Alexander, 6-8, SF, West Virginia Junior No 15-35 Athletic, hard-working small forward who blew up in March but is still raw in many facets
Marreese Speights, 6-10, PF/C, Florida Sophomore No 10-25 Instinctive scorer with great tools, but clearly entering the draft a year early focus and maturity-wise
Trent Plaisted, 6-11, Center, BYU Junior No 20-45 Athletic big man with intriguing tools, but lacks consistency and focus
O.J. Mayo, 6-5, PG/SG, USC Freshman Soon 3-7 Versatile, intelligent combo guard with outstanding scoring tools and an NBA game
DeAndre Jordan, 7-0, Center, Texas A&M Freshman No 8-20 Freakish athlete with outstanding physical tools, but extremely raw skills-- looks very far away from contributing
Donte Greene, 6-10, SF, Syracuse Freshman Soon 10-20 Commentary
Chase Budinger, 6-7, SG/SF, Arizona Sophomore No 10-20 Athletic, sharp-shooting swingman with a good feel for the game but poor lateral quickness and a role-playerís mentality
Eric Gordon, 6-3, SG, Indiana Freshman Likely 5-12 Bowling ball of a shooting guard with a scorerís mentality and great upside
Ron Steele, 6-3, PG, Alabama Junior No Undrafted Pure PG, once considered a likely first round pick two years ago, but missed considerable time with a series of knee problems since and has fallen off the map
Earl Clark, 6-9, PF, Louisville Sophomore Likely 10-20 Versatile, athletic forward with a big upside
Jerryd Bayless, 6-13, PG, Arizona Freshman Likely 3-7 Athletic, skilled, intelligent combo guard with the intangibles of a star
Ryan Anderson, 6-9, PF, Cal Sophomore No 20-40 Skilled, but unathletic power forward with a great feel for the game and fairly limited upside.
Anthony Randolph, 6-11, PF, LSU Freshman Likely 8-20 Coming
Bill Walker, 6-6, SF, Kansas State Freshman No 20-40 Strong, athletic power wing player with unpolished perimeter skills and a combustible motor
Javale McGee, 7-0, Center, Nevada Sophomore Roosevelt Barnes 12-25 Commentary
Lester Hudson, 6-3, PG/SG, Tenn-Martin Junior No 25-45 Big-time scorer who does more things on the court than your average mid-major star
Robin Lopez, 7-0, Center, Stanford Sophomore Likely 15-35 Commentary
Brook Lopez, 7-0, Center, Stanford Sophomore Yes High Lottery Commentary
Robert Vaden, 6-5, SG, UAB Junior No Mid 2nd to Undrafted Commentary
Derrick Caracter, 6-9, PF, Louisville Sophomore Likely 2nd round to undrafted Commentary
Shawn James, 6-9, PF, Duquesne Junior No Late 2nd to undrafted Commentary
Richard Hendrix, 6-9, PF, Alabama Junior No 15-35 Commentary
Leo Lyons, 6-9, PF, Missouri Junior No Late 2nd to Undrafted Commentary
J.J. Hickson, 6-9, PF, N.C. State Freshman Likely 20-35 Commentary



International Players- IN
PlayerYearNationalityEarly Draft Projection Commentary
Alexis Ajinca, 7-1, Center, Hyeres-Toulon (France) 1988 France 15-35 Commentary
Serge Ibaka, 6-10, PF, LíHospitalet (LEB Spain) 1989 Congo 15-35 Commentary
Ante Tomic, 7-2, Center, KK Zagreb (Croatia) 1987 Croatia 20-40 Commentary
Rodrigue Beaubois, 6-2, PG, Cholet (France) 1988 France 25-50 Commentary
Joe Ingles, 6-8, SF, South Dragons (Australia) 1987 Australia 31-Undrafted Training in Chicago and entering the draft according to his agency Priority Sports. Talented, versatile wing player who did not have a great season in his domestic league, but could use the exposure of entering the draft.
Omri Casspi, 6-8, Small Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 1988 Israeli 25-45 Had a breakout second half of the season, and is highly regarded by some scouts, but likely needs another year of high level seasoning. Entering the draft according to Interperformances agency.
Slava Kravtsov, 7-0, Center, BC Kyiv (Ukraine) 1987 Ukrainian 31-60 Big, strong, athletic 7-footer with nice shot-blocking tools. Late-bloomer who needs at least another year, but has intriguing upside.
Nicolas Batum, 6-8, Small Forward, Le Mans (France) 1988 French 10-25 Wing player with superb physical tools and talent, but still inconsistent and too passive at times. Agent reconfirmed heís entering
Giorgi Shermadini, 7-0, Center, Maccabi Tiblisi (Georgia) 1989 Georgia ? Big man who likes to face the basket with a nice skill-set, but lacks athleticism and has yet to play at any real level of competition to prove himself. Entering the draft according to agent Todd Ramasar.



NCAA/International Players- OUT
PlayerClassLink/Commentary
Blake Griffin, 6-10, PF, Oklahoma Freshman Link
Terrence Williams, 6-5, SG, Louisville Junior Link
James Harden, 6-5, SG, Arizona State Freshman Link
Stephen Curry, 6-3, SG, Davidson Sophomore Link
Gerald Henderson, 6-5, SG, Duke Sophomore Link
Patrick Patterson, 6-8, PF, Kentucky Freshman Link
Luke Harangody, 6-8, PF, Notre Dame Sophomore Link

 


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Jeremy Pargo
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 208 lbs.
Birthday: 03/07/1986
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Robeson
Previous Team: Venezia , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
13.2 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 3.8 Asts


Michael Beasley
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 239 lbs.
Birthday: 01/09/1989
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Rockets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2008 Draft
by the Heat
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
7.0 Pts, 9.0 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


Joe Alexander
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 12/26/1986
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Previous Team: Sassari , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2008 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
12.5 Pts, 4.5 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Marreese Speights
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 08/04/1987
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Previous Team: Warriors , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #16 in 2008 Draft
by the 76ers
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
6.7 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Trent Plaisted
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 10/01/1986
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Clark
Previous Team: Hagen , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #16 in 2008 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
8.0 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


O.J. Mayo
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 11/05/1987
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Huntington
Previous Team: Bucks , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2008 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
7.8 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 2.9 Asts


DeAndre Jordan
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthday: 07/21/1988
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Christian Life Center Academy
Previous Team: Clippers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #5 in 2008 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.4 Pts, 6.1 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Donte Greene
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthday: 02/21/1988
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Towson Catholic
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #28 in 2008 Draft
by the Grizzlies
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
18.3 Pts, 5.5 Rebs, 1.9 Asts


Chase Budinger
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 206 lbs.
Birthday: 12/31/1987
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: La Costa Canyon
Previous Team: Suns , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #14 in 2009 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
3.2 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Eric Gordon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 12/25/1988
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Indianapolis North Central
Previous Team: Pelicans , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2008 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
15.2 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Ron Steele
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthday: 04/24/1986
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: John Carroll
Previous Team: Alabama , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
10.6 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Earl Clark
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthday: 01/17/1988
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Rahway
Previous Team: Delaware , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 2009 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
15.2 Pts, 7.4 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Jerryd Bayless
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 08/20/1988
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mary
Previous Team: Bucks , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 2008 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
10.4 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 3.1 Asts


Ryan Anderson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 05/06/1988
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Ridge
Previous Team: Pelicans , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #21 in 2008 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
17.0 Pts, 6.0 Rebs, 1.1 Asts