12 international players available in new NBA draft

L-R: Chief Executive Officer, Diro Systems, Paddy Anigbo; President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and Deputy Managing Director Total E&P Nigeria, Ahmadu-Kida MUSA; General Manager External Relations of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Igo WelI; and Social Performance and Social Investment Lead, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Hope Nuka, at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers match at the National Stadium, Lagos… on Saturday

Twelve international players, led by prospective top-10 pick Sekou Doumbouya of Guinea, remained in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft at the final deadline to withdraw on Tuesday.

Doumbouya, an 18-year-old power forward who plays for Limoges in France, is rated the ninth-best draft prospect by both sports broadcast channels ESPN and CBS.

The NBA released the names of 47 international players who withdrew from the draft Tuesday.

Also, two U.S. college players pulled out of the draft, North Carolina State junior Sacha Killeya-Jones and TCU sophomore Kouat Noi.

May 29 was the deadline for U.S. college players to withdraw from the draft while retaining NCAA eligibility.

Two other international players who are potential first-round selections also remain in the draft.

ESPN and CBS have Goga Bitadze, a Georgian national who plays in Montenegro, as the 17th-ranked prospect.

ESPN has Luka Samanic, a Croatian who plays in Slovenia, listed as the 28th-rated prospect.

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 20 at Barclays Centre in New York.

The full list of international players who are early-entry candidates for the 2019 NBA Draft, with height and birth year, as supplied by the league:

Goga Bitadze, Buducnost (Montenegro), 7-0, 1999

Yago Dos Santos, Paulistano (Brazil), 5-10, 1999

Sekou Doumbouya, Limoges (France), 6-8, 2000

Matas Jogela, Dzukija (Lithuania), 6-6, 1998

Marcos Louzada Silva, Franca (Brazil), 6-5, 1999

William McDowell-White, Baunach (Germany), 6-5, 1998

Adam Mokoka, Mega Bemax (Serbia), 6-5, 1998

Joshua Obiesie, Wurzburg (Germany), 6-6, 2000

David Okeke, Fiat Torino (Italy), 6-8, 1998

Luka Samanic, Olimpija (Slovenia), 6-10, 2000

Deividas Sirvydis, Rytas (Lithuania), 6-7, 2000

Yovel Zoosman, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), 6-7, 1998
(Reuters/NAN)

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