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Twelve international players remain in NBA Draft after final deadline

Wednesday 12 June 2019 07:14, UK

Sekou Doumbouya in action for Limoges
Image: Sekou Doumbouya in action for Limoges

Twelve international players, led by prospective Top 10 pick Sekou Doumbouya of Guinea, remained in the 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 ESPN and CBS.

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The NBA released the names of 47 international players who withdrew from the Draft. Also, two US 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 US 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, and ESPN has Luka Samanic, a Croatian who plays in Slovenia, listed as the 28th-rated prospect.

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The NBA Draft takes place on June 20 at Barclays Center 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:

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