It's official: 49 underclassmen are hoping NBA teams give them a shot

Former Kentucky center Anthony Davis will find out his new team May 30, when the NBA holds its annual draft lottery.

Davis officially became eligible for the NBA draft Thursday when the league released the list of the early entry candidates. Davis and four of his teammates – forwards Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and guards Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague – had declared their intentions to go pro early April 17. The list released by the NBA makes everything official.

In all, 49 underclassmen declared for the draft; 17 international players also declared. There are 60 picks in the two-round draft and underclassmen should fly off the board quickly. Indeed, the only senior likely to go in the lottery is North Carolina center Tyler Zeller.

Underclassmen are allowed to withdraw by notifying the NBA no later than June 18. But because the NCAA's declaration deadline was April 10, there is no reason for a player to pull out.

[Related: List of NBA draft early entries]

Here is our list of five somewhat under-the-radar guys who aren't going in the first round, might go undrafted altogether and whose college teams will miss them greatly next season.

G Jared Cunningham, Oregon State: Cunningham was a big-time college scorer, but he's not much of a ballhandler or defender. And while he is 6 feet 4, he weighs only about 195 pounds; in short, he is small for an NBA shooting guard. And while he can be an explosive offensive player, because of his negatives he seems destined to be a backup shooting guard in the NBA – if he even makes a team. He could've stayed at Oregon State and worked on some of his weaknesses. Had he returned, the Beavers might have been able to contend for a top-six finish in the Pac-12. That's not going to happen now.

C Justin Hamilton, LSU: He's a 7-footer, but size alone isn't going to get him an NBA job. He lacks athleticism, is somewhat mechanical offensively and doesn't rebound as well as he should for his size. He also ran out of gas late in the season, with four single-digit scoring performances in the Tigers' final seven games. He likely would not have improved his draft stock by staying one more season - his limitations aren't going to change - but he would've given new LSU coach Johnny Jones someone to depend on.

G/F Khris Middleton, Texas A&M: Middleton is the guy on this list most likely to be drafted. But he's not going in the first round; ironically, had he left school after the 2010-11 season, that might have happened. A knee injury limited him to 20 games this past season and he shot poorly (41.5 percent overall and 26.0 percent from 3-point range, down 3.4 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively, from the 2010-11 numbers) when he did play. Middleton is an OK defender and has good size (6-7/210), which he puts to good use with his mid-range game. But he's not an explosive athlete, and you wonder if NBA teams will shy away from him because of his knee injury. He might've been better-served to stay for his senior season, build his knee back up and strengthen his all-around game in A&M's new league (the SEC).

G Jonathon Simmons, Houston: Raise your hand if, first, you knew who Simmons was before seeing his name on this list. Next, raise your other hand if you knew he averaged almost 15 points per game for the Cougars. Simmons scored at a 14.7-points-per-game clip for Houston, and he had good shooting numbers (51.2 FG%, 38.6 3-pt FG%). He has nice size, too (6-6/200). But he's not much of a ballhandler or defender. Simmons is a Houston native who played one season with the Cougars after transferring in from junior college. He said one reason he turned pro was so he could provide for his family. We're betting any money Simmons earns playing basketball next season will come from playing overseas.

F Joston Thomas, Hawaii: The Warriors could've used this guy next season when they move into the Mountain West. Alas, he chose to go pro, a puzzling move since he wasn't even the best big man on Hawaii's roster (that would be Vander Joaquim). Thomas averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, and befitting a guy who is 6-7 and 235 pounds, he plays a physical brand of ball. Still, he didn't even garner honorable mention recognition in the WAC.

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