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2018 NBA Draft: Which notable prospects will go pro or return to school?

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 02: Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts after a shot in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 02: Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts after a shot in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Multiple prospects that the San Antonio Spurs worked out will remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The recent NBA Combine allowed for the San Antonio Spurs, and the other 29 teams, to work out players before the 2018 NBA Draft and evaluate their potential selections to make in June. Some players saw their stock rise while others fell, and it led to Wednesday’s deadline for early entrants to decide if they will return to school or turn pro.

A handful of prospects revealed their respective fates over the past 24 hours, so who will stay in the 2018 NBA Draft? Here are some of the notables that made their decision:

Who will stay in the Draft?

  • Brian Bowen, SG, South Carolina – The NCAA was ready to rule Bowen ineligible for the 2018-19 college basketball season, so he chose the professional level.
  • Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova – The Spurs met with DiVincenzo at the NBA Combine, when he had his breakout showing and potentially solidified a first-round status.
  • Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Kentucky – Vanderbilt only played 14 games at Kentucky due to injury but possesses upside as a defender and rebounder at the next level.
  • Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland – A strong shooting performance at the Combine improved Huerter’s stock.
  • Omari Spellman, PF/C, Villanova – Spellman was the other Villanova prospect to meet with San Antonio. The freshman big man projects as a late first-round pick or early in the second round.

Who will return to school?

  • Austin Wiley, C, Auburn
  • Caleb Martin, SG, Nevada
  • Carsen Edwards, PG, Purdue Edwards was among the prospects that met with the Silver and Black over the past three weeks.
  • Cody Martin, PG, Nevada
  • Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State
  • Jontay Porter, PF/C, Missouri – The Spurs worked out Porter, who was projected to go in the first round.
  • PJ Washington, F, Kentucky
  • Trevon Duval, PG, Duke
  • Tyus Battle, SG, Syracuse
  • Udoka Azubuike, C, Kentucky

Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft: After the lottery

These are not all the players to make their draft decisions, but ones that stood out for their school, situation or stock. Did they make the correct decision?

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