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NBA Draft Pool Becomes Clear for Trail Blazers

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The available prospects for Portland became more concise after the May 30 deadline for underclassmen.

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The 2018 NBA Draft is only weeks away, and the Trail Blazers now have a better idea of the talent that will be available at pick No. 24 after Wednesday’s deadline. May 30 was the deadline for early entrants to return to school and fulfill the remainder of their college eligibility.

Here is a list of player decisions that could impact the Blazers’ options on draft night:

Kevin Huerter has rocketed up draft boards after a stellar performance at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago earlier this month. You can read his detailed profile here.

Donte DiVincenzo will continue to ride the wave of his recent momentum by keeping his name in the draft. The former Villanova standout is projected to be selected outside of the lottery in the first round.

Jarred Vanderbilt will be headed to the NBA after just one season at Kentucky. Thanks to his age (19) and wingspan (7’1”), Vanderbilt could sneak into the first round if he performs well in private workouts.

Brian Bowen’s basketball future continued to be murky after he decided to keep his name in the draft pool Wednesday. The former McDonald’s All-American might not get his name called on draft night, but he is worth noting after the Blazers met with him at the combine.

Tyus Battle will spend another year at Syracuse in hopes of raising his draft stock. Portland has shown interest in two-way perimeter players, and Battle’s exit will reduce the pool of available prospects that meet that criteria.

The Martin twins will rejoin the Wolfpack for one more season after lukewarm performances in the lead-up to draft night.

Jontay Porter won’t be joining his brother Michael in the NBA, and will return to Missouri to build on his successful freshman year with the Tigers.

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 21, and the Blazers possess the No. 24 pick in the first round.