2019 NBA Draft Timeline: Key Dates to know between now and June 20

The 2019 NBA Draft is set to take place at the the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 20. Between now and then, though, there are several key dates to keep an eye on.

Last Sunday night (April 21) was the final day for underclassmen and international players to officially declare for the draft by submitting paperwork to the league office. This year 233 early-entry players declared for the draft. Of that mix, 175 players are from American college, along with 58 international players, which is a record. (In 2018, 236 early-entry players declared for the draft, another record, including 181 from colleges.)

This pool of early entrants includes 27 players from the ACC; factored into that number are NC State signee Jalen Lecque and Sacha Killeya-Jones, who left NC State in February.


Notable Dates: NBA Draft Timeline

May 12-14 G League Elite Camp

  • 40 draft-eligible players, ones not invited to the combine, will participate
  • The best performers in this event will earn invites to attend the draft combine, too
  • Read more here


May 14 NBA Draft Lottery


May 15-19 — NBA Draft Combine


May 29 — NCAA Early-Entry Deadline

  • College players who have declared for the draft have until the end of May 29 to announce whether they plan to stay in the draft or return to school — 10 days after the combine ends
  • This is an important to keep in mind for a variety of ACC players that are currently testing the waters, like Jordan Nwora and Markell Johnson


June 10 — NBA Early-Entry Deadline

  • A couple years ago, the NCAA pushed its early-entry deadline back a few weeks; college players now have until May 29. Previously, players had to declare in the month of April. However, international players have two more weeks to make a final decision: June 10


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