We’ve provided real-time updates regarding 2022 NBA Draft early entrant declarations up through the April 24th early entrant deadline, but what about the rest of the NBA Draft pool? Other draft candidates that need not declare early entrance (though dozens post about it anyways) are considered “auto-eligible”.

The rules regarding draft eligibility can be found within the Article X Section 1(b) of the 2017 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are a lot of nuances within these clauses (and a few more one-off triggers), but to simplify things, there are effectively four primary triggers of draft auto-eligibility:

1) Collegiate prospect who fully exhausts their college eligibility

Example: Collin Gillespie | Villanova

2) International prospect who turns 22 years old in the calendar year of a given NBA Draft

Example: Olek Balcerowski | Mega Basket

3) Prep-to-pro prospect who is at least 19 years of age in the calendar year of a given NBA Draft and at least one NBA season removed from high school graduation

Example: Dom Barlow | Overtime Elite

4) Prospect who leaves college with eligibility remaining, does not file for early entrance, and signs/plays professionally

Example: Alessandro Lever | Grand Canyon → Pallacanestro Trieste 

Triggers 1 and 2 are your more standard, run-of-the-mill auto-eligible draft candidates. The population of players that fall into these categories is very, very large (many of whom are not relevant prospects). As such, it’s not practical (or worthwhile) to build a fully exhaustive list of all these players.

I’ll attempt to include the prospects in these standard categories who have even an inkling of draft/overseas buzz per the Rookie Scale consensus prospect ranking algorithm and/or those for whom I have clarity on their agency situation.

Triggers 3 and 4 are the more interesting auto-eligible prospect cases, which are a bit more complicated to track. Trigger 4 particularly has a much higher volume of prospects this year as a result of the necessity of traditional four-year seniors to declare as early entrants last year (and for the next 4 or so drafts). Through a combination of confusion and indifference, many prospects with a remaining year of eligibility kicked off their pro careers in the G League and abroad without declaring as early entrants for the 2021 NBA Draft. I’ll include as many of these as I’m able to verify.

 = Signed with Agency + Publicly Announced

 = Intel-Based Agency Projection

ProspectDraft AgePre-Draft TeamPositionHeightWeightAgencyCombine(s)Trigger
Jaden Hardy20.0G League IgniteWing6'4"198KlutchNBA3
MarJon Beauchamp21.7G League IgniteWing6'6 1/4"199KlutchNBA4
Jean Montero19.0Overtime EliteLead Guard6'2 1/4"172Young MoneyNBA3
Alondes Williams23.0Wake ForestCombo Guard6'5"210LIFTNBA1
Michael Foster Jr.19.4G League IgniteForward6'8 1/4"250ISENBA3
Jamaree Bouyea23.0San FranciscoLead Guard6'1 1/4"168GlushonGLE, PIT1
Collin Gillespie23.0VillanovaLead Guard6'3"195ExcelNBA1
Dom Barlow19.1Overtime EliteForward6'9"214LifeNBA3
Makur Maker21.6SydneyBig6'11 1/4"232One Legacy4
Nikita Mikhailovskii21.8Tasmania JackJumpersWing6'7 1/4"196Baltic2
Yoan Makoundou21.9Cholet BasketForward6'9"225Excel (BeoBasket)2
Carlos Alocén21.5Real MadridLead Guard6'5"205BDA2
Paul Scruggs24.3XavierCombo Guard6'4 1/2"198The Familie1
Kok Yat19.0Overtime EliteWing6'8"186VerusGLE3
Darryl Morsell23.3MarquetteWing6'5"210UNLTDPIT1
Kellan Grady24.8KentuckyWing6'5"205LIFTGLE1
Fanbo Zeng19.4G League IgniteForward6'11"199CAANBA3
Giordano Bortolani21.6TrevisoWing6'4"187Octagon2
Olek Balcerowski21.6Mega BasketBig7'1"230Excel (BeoBasket)2
Jermaine Samuels23.6VillanovaWing6'7"230BDA + WME1
Kai Sotto20.1Adelaide 36ersBig7'2"210BEST3
Quenton Jackson23.8Texas A&MWing6'5"173Young MoneyGLE, PIT1
Dalibor Ilić22.3IgokeaForward6'8 3/4"198Excel (BeoBasket)2
Kenny Baptiste22.4Le MansWing6'5"174BAZ'N2
Kameron McGusty24.8MiamiWing6'5"190ISEGLE1
Henri Drell22.2Windy City BullsWing6'8 3/4"214ProMondo2
Arturs Zagars22.2Löwen BraunschweigLead Guard5'11 1/2"172Tandem + You First2
Jimmy Boeheim III24.1SyracuseForward6'9"221Roc NationPIT1
Taz Sherman23.9West VirginiaCombo Guard6'4"190VerusPIT, TBPC1
Ryan Hawkins25.1CreightonForward6'7"222PotterPIT1
Artūrs Kurucs22.4BaskoniaCombo Guard6'4"191Baltic2
Alex Barcello23.8BYULead Guard6'1 1/2"186Tandem + You FirstPIT, TBPC1
Marko Pecarski22.4Borac ČačakBig6'10"238Octagon2
Garrison Brooks23.0Mississippi StateBig6'9 1/2"231BDAPIT1
Ousmane Diop22.3Dinamo SassariForward6'9"220Excel (SRBM)2
Abu Kigab23.6Boise StateForward6'6 3/4"220GreenPIT, TBPC1
Stanley Umude23.2ArkansasWing6'6"210Par-LayPIT1
Lucas Williamson23.4Loyola (IL)Wing6'4"205EdgePIT1
Adonis Arms24.0Texas TechWing6'5"200RBA1
Haowen Guo22.4Shanghai SharksWing6'8 1/2"199Wasserman2
Mert Akay21.9DynamicLead Guard6'6"180Wasserman2
Alfonso Plummer24.8IllinoisLead Guard6'1"182Edge1
Fabian White Jr.23.6HoustonForward6'8"231SagaGLE, PIT1
Danko Branković21.6CibonaBig7'1"208Excel (BeoBasket)2
Tyler Polley23.2UConnForward6'9"215RBATBPC1
Geo Baker23.9RutgersCombo Guard6'4"195Siegel1
C.J. Walker25.2Phoenix HagenLead Guard6'1"205RBA4
Davion Mintz24.0KentuckyLead Guard6'3 1/2"196Young MoneyTBPC1
Jacob Gilyard23.9RichmondLead Guard5'9"156GlassPIT1
Bryson Williams24.2Texas TechBig6'8"240LifeGLE1
Eli Brooks23.7MichiganCombo Guard6'1"185VidaGLE1
Brandon Mahan23.7UCFWing6'5"205JCK1
Chris Lykes23.9ArkansasLead Guard5'7"161GreenTBPC1
A.J. Durham23.7ProvidenceWing6'4"181BDA1
Nate Johnson24.2XavierWing6'4"192VerusTBPC1
Silvio De Sousa23.7ChattanoogaForward6'8 1/2"245Edge1
Alonzo Verge Jr.23.7NebraskaLead Guard6'2 1/2"162OctagonPIT1
Terrell Brown Jr.24.2WashingtonLead Guard6'3"185Rep1PIT1
Uroš Trifunović21.5PartizanWing6'7"194Wasserman2
Samson Ruzhentsev20.7Mega BasketWing6'7"210Excel (BeoBasket)4
Jordan Bruner24.5Imortal AlbufeiraForward6'10"225GMG4
Alessandro Lever23.6Pallacanestro TriesteBig6'10"230CONI4
Akoldah Gak20.0IllawarraForward6'11"200Tandem + You First4
Grant Golden24.4RichmondBig6'10 3/4"247SIGPIT1
Jeriah Horne24.2TulsaForward6'6 1/4"218HazanPIT1
Jamal Cain23.3OaklandForward6'7 1/2"192One LegacyPIT1
Myles Cale23.3Seton HallWing6'6"210Outwork1
Alexander Shashkov22.3Nizhny NovgorodBig6'11"200ProStep2
Javante McCoy24.4Boston UniversityCombo Guard6'5 1/4"17320TwentyPIT1
Kenan Kamenjaš22.4Studentski CentarBig6'10"228Excel (BeoBasket)2
Tomáš Pavelka21.7Bahía San AgustínBig7'1 3/4"242Baltic2
Aristide Mouaha21.8Latina BasketCombo Guard6'4"190Two Points2
Hugo Robineau22.3Cholet BasketWing6'4"194Octagon2
Joel Parra22.2JoventutForward6'8"210Sportspromotion2
Aaron Cook Jr.24.5GeorgiaLead Guard6'2"185Two Points1
Alex O'Connell23.1CreightonWing6'5 3/4"182LIFTPIT1
Brandon Horvath24.2Utah StateForward6'10 1/2"200SlanPIT1
Charlie Moore24.4MiamiLead Guard6'0 3/4"181ExcelPIT1
D'Shawn Schwartz23.4George MasonWing6'6 1/2"231SiegelPIT1
Fatts Russell24.1MarylandLead Guard5'10 1/4"154OctagonPIT1
Gaige Prim23.2Missouri StateForward6'8 1/2"238One LegacyPIT1
Isaiah Whaley24.2UConnBig6'8 1/4"213Par-LayPIT1
Jordan Usher24.1Georgia TechForward6'6 1/2"214OctagonPIT1
Josh Carlton23.3HoustonBig6'10 1/4"239TSEGPIT1
Tomas Woldetensae24.1Pallacanestro VareseWing6'5"197Sportspromotion4
Koby McEwen24.9Weber StateCombo Guard6'3 1/2"191Beyond1
Pookie Archibald22.8Louisiana TechCombo Guard6'3"185Family of Athletes1
Mike Okauru23.4UNC-WilmingtonCombo Guard6'4"190Excel1
Michael Akuchie23.7Youngstown StateForward6'8"218Inception1
AJ Lawson25.1Texas SouthernWing6'5"205Players Group1
Conley Garrison23.3FurmanLead Guard6'1"170GoEmpire1
PJ Pipes23.3Santa ClaraLead Guard6'2"190Excel (BeoBasket)1
Derek St. Hilaire23.8New OrleansLead Guard6'0"180Project B1
George Papas24.3MonmouthWing6'5"175Beyond1
Jimma Gatwech21.3Sioux Falls SkyforceCombo Guard6'3 1/4"169Verus3
Makale ForemanUnknownCaliforniaLead Guard6'1"190Hendrix1
Leed ThomasUnknownPortland StateForward6'10"210Seven11
Kam Langley23.2NCA&TLead Guard6'2"165HoopStars1
Nysier Brooks25.5Ole MissBig7'0"245GreenPIT, TBPC, NTX1
Marcus Santos-Silva25.0Texas TechForward6'7"245TSEG1
Payton Willis24.4MinnesotaWing6'4"200EdgePIT1
David Jean-Baptiste24.1ChattanoogaLead Guard6'1"193GoEmpire1
Richard Washington Jr.25.3Rasta VechtaWing6'6 1/2"184BDA4
Vladislav Odinokov22.3ParmaForward6'8"187SIG2
Maleek Taylor25.8AllenWing6'5"205Gratitude1
Rocky Kreuser23.3North Dakota StateBig6'10"245SlanPIT1
Sidney Wilson23.2HispanoWing6'7"183Interperformances4
John Knight III23.1Southern UtahCombo Guard6'3"205JCK1
Darius Perry23.3UCFLead Guard6'2"170JCK1
John Harrar22.9Penn StateBig6'9"240Pro BasketTBPC1
Jacob Young24.8OregonLead Guard6'2"185RizeTBPC1
Loudon Love24.2Texas LegendsBig6'8"245Green4
Jordan Forbes24.3Cactus TbilisiWing6'4 1/2"181Two Points4
Zane Martin24.1Köping StarsWing6'4"209JCK4
Galin Smith23.5SödertäljeBig6'9"240Phenom4
Scott Ulaneo24.0Eurobasket RomaForward6'10"225Two Points4
Jackson Makoi22.0Vrijednosnice OsijekWing6'5"175Octagon4
Faris Verlašević24.1Froya BasketForward6'8"235One Motive4
JaMiah Haynes24.7Starlites GIGForward6'5"225GoEmpire4
Mike Hughes24.4ViennaBig6'8"240SportsFive4
Jamaure Gregg22.8Rakvere TarvasForward6'7"232One Motive4
Zack Bryant24.6Pallacanestro CantùLead Guard6'2"200JSF4
Federico Poser22.9Orlandina BasketForward6'8"230SLN4
Zach Tavitian23.3ZBK MadridForward6'8"225Dynamics4
Isaiah LewisUnknownZestaponiLead Guard6'1"170Cedrus4
Dennis McKinney24.3OuluWing6'4"207GoEmpire4
Avery Sullivan22.9DepiroForward6'8"220Kouros4
Biwali Bayles20.4SydneyLead Guard6'1"180Mogul4
Mitchell Smith24.7Norrköping DolphinsBig6'10"221JCK4
Radshad Davis25.6La RodaWing6'4"205Helping Ballers4
Brandon Davis23.7Brujos de GuayamaCombo Guard6'2"190Maldonado4
Ethan Esposito22.7Apu UdineForward6'7"235Tangram4
Brad Greene24.1PaderbornBig6'11"270Tangram4
Mattias Markusson26.2OpavaBig7'3"266JCK4
Melkisedek Moreaux24.9Phoenix HagenForward6'6"210Scorers 1st4
Ikenna Ndugba24.0Greensboro SwarmLead Guard6'0"186Players Group4
J.J. Kaplan25.1Ironi Kiryat AtaWing6'5"2152 Talent4
Taki Fahrensohn23.4Auckland HuskiesWing6'7"185Haylett4
Max Wagner24.2Maccabi Rishon LeZionBig6'9"240Pick International4
Dylan Carl24.4Târgu JiuBig6'11"240Defence4
Guglielmo Caruso23.0Pallacanestro VareseBig6'11"210Players Group4
Sam Orf23.8Flyers WelsLead Guard6'2"185Worldwide SM4
Brandon Averette24.8AEL LimassolLead Guard5'11"185Open Court4
Austin Davis24.0Anwil WłocławekBig6'10"250Limelight4
Thomas BruceUnknownWizards KarlsruheForward6'9"220Players Group4
Zachary Simmons23.3Bristol FlyersBig6'10"239Tropical4
Bryan Griffin24.1VilpasBig6'8"230Inception4
Sam van Oostrum23.5Den Helder SunsWing6'6"199Court Side4
Rob Howard Jr.24.7Oberwart GunnersForward6'8"230One Motive4
Eli Abaev24.5Hapoel Be'er ShevaForward6'8"210Next Move4
Kieran Hayward24.6Sioux Falls SkyforceWing6'5"195SIG4
Tanner Stuckman24.5Windsor ExpressForward6'9"210Overtime4
Jhery Matos26.4BenicarloWing6'5"195Pressiona4
Yeikson Montero25.8MollettWing6'5"205FOZ4
Andrea Lo Biondo23.9AgrigentoForward6'9 1/2"208Tangram4
D.J. Mitchell25.3BALForward6'8"215SIG4
Gabe Hadley24.4Geelong SupercatsWing6'4"200LivOn4
Maciej Bender25.4Śląsk WrocławBig6'11"255Octagon4
Josh Price25.9Nürnberg FalconsBig6'8"250JSF4
Isiah Brown24.8Achilleas KaimakliouLead Guard6'2"185Worldwide SM4
Solomon Young24.2Leuven BearsForward6'8"243BDR4
Kobe Webster22.9NebraskaLead Guard6'0"160Diamond1
Savion Flagg23.2Sam Houston StateForward6'7"217GreenPIT, TBPC1
Zoran Paunović21.9Studentski CentarWing6'6"198Wasserman2
Kalob Ledoux24.8Santa Cruz WarriorsWing6'3"215RBATBPC4
Jalon Perry23.9FaulknerCombo Guard6'2"190Baseline1
Mattia Palumbo21.7Pallacanestro ForliWing6'5"198Octagon2
Omar Dieng22.3Rieti RealBig6'9"220Octagon2
Karlton Dimanche22.3ASACombo Guard6'4 1/2"170Comsport2
Federico Miaschi22.2Blu Basket 1971Wing6'5"198Octagon2
Jonas Mattisseck22.4ALBA BerlinLead Guard6'5 3/4"180You First + Tandem2
Tomer Levinson22.1Ironi Nes ZionaBig6'10"211Octagon2
Callum Dalton22.1MelbourneBig6'10"240Fastbreak2
Daedae Plowden23.8Bowling GreenForward6'6"215One MotiveNTX1
Grant Anticevich24.2CaliforniaForward6'9"230RBA1
Simas Jarumbauskas22.0Pieno žvaigždėsLead Guard6'1"190Octagon2
Valters Vēveris22.2BK ValmieraCombo Guard6'4"181Baltic2
Brad Davison23.2WisconsinLead Guard6'3"205Edge1
Tommy Kuhse24.5Saint Mary'sLead Guard6'2"185RizePIT1
Tanor Ngom24.4Florida StateBig7'2"210TBS1
Noah Horchler24.5ProvidenceForward6'8"210NEXTTBPC1
Ron Artest III23.1Delaware Blue CoatsForward6'7 1/2"215Leawood4
Elijah Childs23.4Pallacanestro TrapaniForward6'8"230Slan4
Vance Jackson24.8East CarolinaForward6'9"230Verus1
James KarnikUnknownBoston CollegeBig6'9"25020Twenty1
Ty Gordon23.7Nicholls StateLead Guard6'1"200BeyondPIT, NTX1
Mark Smith22.9Kansas StateCombo Guard6'4"220JCKTBPC, NTX1
Jordan Goldwire23.0OklahomaCombo Guard6'3"194One Legacy1
Gabe Osabuohien23.7West VirginiaForward6'7"2405401
Dyson Daniels19.3G League IgniteCombo Guard6'8"199OctagonNBA3
Remy Martin24.0KansasLead Guard6'0"175Wasserman1
Brady Manek23.8North CarolinaForward6'9"230WassermanGLE1
Josh Anderson24.6Western KentuckyWing6'6"195 1
Jai Smith19.4Overtime EliteForward6'7"211Family First3
Taze Moore24.0HoustonWing6'5"180ElosTBPC, NTX1
Malik Williams23.8LouisvilleBig6'11"252 PIT, NTX1
Michael Flowers23.4Washington StateLead Guard6'1 1/2"18820TwentyPIT, TBPC1
Eli Scott23.2Loyola MarymountForward6'6"245Octagon1
Ryan Lindberg23.8St. ThomasCombo Guard6'3"195 1
Emmanuel Maldonado19.9Overtime EliteCombo Guard6'2"162Hazan3
K.J. Walton25.9AkronWing6'3"200 1
John Meeks23.3CharlestonForward6'6"224Edge1
Daejon Davis23.2WashingtonLead Guard6'3"190 1
Alex Morales24.6WagnerWing6'7 1/4"187Sports DNAPIT1
John Fulkerson25.1TennesseeBig6'8 1/4"208ADSPIT, TBPC, NTX1
David Sloan23.1ETSULead Guard6'0"18020Twenty1
Marvin Nesbitt Jr.23.5Kansas CityWing6'4"180Summit1
Kur Kuath23.9MarquetteBig6'10"215Summit1
Davion Mace19.3Overtime EliteWing6'5"199 3
Johned Walker19.1Overtime EliteLead Guard5'11"171 3
Davion Warren23.3Texas TechWing6'6"205EZTBPC1
Zaire Wade20.4Salt Lake City StarsCombo Guard6'3"175 3
Moises Andriassi22.3Mexico City CapitanesCombo Guard6'2"192Zorita2
Nate Watson23.7ProvidenceBig6'10"262 PIT1
Paul Atkinson Jr.23.4Notre DameBig6'9"227EdgePIT1
Keith Williams23.9Otago NuggetsWing6'4 1/2"212Par-Lay1
Dou Gueye24.9LouisianaBig6'9"220Give & Go1
Chevez Goodwin24.3USCForward6'9"225Seven11
Roman Silva Jr.24.5Oregon StateBig7'1"265DBI1
Harold Yu19.3Zhejiang ChouzhouBig7'3"300CAA3
Christiaan Jones23.7StetsonWing6'5"195GIG1
Jordan Shepherd25.3CaliforniaWing6'4"190OctagonNTX1
Ahmed Ali25.2AlkarLead Guard5'11"170BIG4
Zach Hudson24.8Gzira Athleta BirkirkaraForward6'8"200Hamriding4
Amir Gholizadeh22.3Zob AhanForward6'6"195 4
Alter Gilbert24.7PärnuLead Guard6'0"180 4
Kyle Foster24.3HowardWing6'5"172LIFTGLE1
Kimani Lawrence24.3Arizona StateWing6'7"210SummitNTX1
Shamiel Stevenson24.2MetalacForward6'6"245Interperformances4
Te'Jon Lucas23.7BYULead Guard6'2"1805401
Cheikh Mbacke Diong22.5UCFBig6'11"235Give & Go1
Brandon McKissic23.4FloridaCombo Guard6'3"195LIFTNTX1
Trent Frazier23.8IllinoisCombo Guard6'2 1/4"173Triple DoublePIT1
Jarrod West23.2LouisvilleLead Guard5'11"185JCK1
Ty Flowers24.4LIUForward6'9"204LafayettePIT1
Stef Smith23.0St. John'sLead Guard6'1"170Leawood1
Storm Murphy23.5Virginia TechLead Guard5'11"180Sports Law Group1
Tyson Jolly24.9IonaCombo Guard6'4 1/4"201540PIT1
Rapolas Ivanauskas24.4PrienaiForward6'10"230Tandem + You First4
Jordan Allen24.3Cleveland ChargeWing6'4"195ProMondo4
Travon Broadway Jr.24.6KožuvWing6'5"182Tropical4
Danilo Djuricic23.3BrnoForward6'8"225One Legacy4
Bul Kuol25.5CairnsForward6'7"215ADS4
Devearl Ramsey25.1Stockton KingsLead Guard6'0"1854
Joshua Roberts24.2ArtsakhCombo Guard6'3"190Judah4
Pedro Bradshaw23.7Fort Wayne Mad AntsCombo Guard6'7"180Holman4*
Barra Njie21.4Delaware Blue CoatsLead Guard6'3"180Team Entertainment3
Jalon Pipkins23.6Fort WayneWing6'4"180Potter1
Johnny Wang24.3Fujian SturgeonsForward6'9"240Rep14
Isaiah Ross25.7Lakeland MagicWing6'4"200Summit4
Doug Wilson23.5South Dakota StateForward6'7"210One Legacy1
Tavian Dunn-Martin24.3FGCULead Guard5'8"155EntersportNTX1
Malik Curry23.4West VirginiaLead Guard6'1"180GreenNTX1
E.J. Anosike23.6Cal State FullertonForward6'7"245OvertimeNTX1
Royce Hamm Jr.23.3UNLVForward6'9"225MickealNTX1
Jamari Wheeler24.5Ohio StateLead Guard6'1"170NTX1
Thomas Bell III23.6North TexasWing6'6"190NTX1
Michael Steadman24.5UMassBig6'10"231JCKNTX1
Rodney Chatman23.8VanderbiltLead Guard6'1"178GIGNTX1
Dequan Morris23.2UAPBCombo Guard6'4"180Keucheyan1
Phlandrous Fleming Jr.23.5FloridaWing6'5"205BEST1
Jordan Bohannon25.0IowaLead Guard6'0"181Edge1
Ben Shungu24.7VermontCombo Guard6'2"200Edge1
Sukhmail Mathon24.1Boston UniversityBig6'10"225ADS1
Marreon Jackson23.6Arizona StateLead Guard6'0"170ADS1
Justin Kier24.1ArizonaWing6'4"190ADS1
Michael Weathers24.9SMUCombo Guard6'3"175ADS1
Tray Hollowell23.9Morehead StateLead Guard6'3"185Players Group1
Colin Slater24.6Long BeachLead Guard6'1"190Rize1
Brison Gresham24.4Texas SouthernBig6'9"240Agency 1GLE1
Cole VonHandorf23.6Fairmont StateCombo Guard6'2"180TBPC1
Josip Vrankic23.7Santa ClaraForward6'9"215TBPC1
Marcus Weathers24.9SMUWing6'5"215TBPC1
Quan Jackson24.7UABWing6'4"180TBPC1
David Collins24.1ClemsonWing6'3"212TBPC1

In compiling this list of auto-eligible prospects, there were a few names that required a bit more digging and due diligence to fully grasp their auto-eligibility case. Let’s run through a few of the more unique cases:

Barra Njie | Delaware Blue Coats

This is a fascinating case. Njie, a Swedish prospect, played high school ball in the United States at Saint Benedict’s (NJ). Rather than playing collegiately, Njie opted to play for Fryshuset in the Swedish Basketligan for the 2020-21 season, where he was named Rookie of the Year. Njie went on to test the 2021 NBA Draft waters, ultimately choosing to withdraw. He subsequently entered the NBA G League Draft where he was selected by the Delaware Blue Coats and went on to appear in 15 games with them in the 2021-22 season.

So why is he considered auto-eligible now? Why was his auto-eligibility not triggered last year?

Njie appeared in his first game for Fryshuset on January 8th, 2021, just one week following the cut-off for 2021 NBA Draft auto-eligibility.


 A close call here, especially given the vagueness of “rendered services” (do practices and other team activities from contract signature until first stepping on the court of a game count?). This is also a bit murkier given Njie’s international roots and United States high school basketball / graduation consideration. But ultimately, 2022 NBA Draft auto-eligibility appears to be appropriate in accordance with the CBA.

Rapolas Ivanauskas | Prienai

Despite playing his final collegiate game for Cincinnati in December of 2020 and playing professionally in Lithuania for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, Ivanauskas’ auto-eligibility is just triggering now. This is for a similar reason to Njie in that Ivanauskas didn’t play for Prienai until January 30, 2021, a month following the cut-off outlined above.

Keith Williams | Western Kentucky

The Keith Williams case is is a fascinating one. Williams, who previously played at Cincinnati, tested both the 2020 and 2021 NBA Draft waters, withdrawing in both instances. While testing the 2021 NBA Draft waters, Williams signed with agent and partook in some pre-draft events. After withdrawing, Williams opted to transfer to Western Kentucky as a graduate transfer, but his eligibility appeal was denied by the NCAA and he was unable to play a game this season.

My interpretation of this situation is that, assuming the eligibility appeal denial means his NCAA eligibility is now fully exhausted, Williams would be considered auto-eligible based on this CBA clause:


Certainly a weird situation. In late April of 2022, Williams signed with the Otago Nuggets in New Zealand, effectively setting himself up as a “pre-stash” option.

Pedro Bradshaw | Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Bradshaw declared for the 2021 NBA Draft as a redshirt junior at Bellarmine. Per a memo from
NBA Communications on July 20, 2021, he was among the population of players who remained as 2021 NBA Draft early entrants and did not withdraw.

Bradshaw went on to be selected by the Salt Lake City Stars in the NBA G League Draft and has made appearances for the Sioux Fall Skyforce, Iowa Wolves, and Fort Wayne Mad Ants throughout the 2021-22 NBA G League season.

I have included Bradshaw as he was noted as auto-eligible in a memo sent out to NBA front offices. Per the detail outlined above, I would not interpret him as being auto-eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft, but simply as having gone undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Perhaps his withdrawal request was subsequently accepted after the NBA Communications memo was sent out and wasn’t addressed publicly? This remains unclear.