The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their names from the 2019 NBA Draft was Wednesday, and a few players who worked out with the Oklahoma City Thunder have kept their names in the draft.
While all of the prospects the Thunder worked out were not released publicly, the names that have surfaced were all mostly those that had the opportunity to return to school.
With the draft three weeks away, the Thunder will continue preparing but some players brought in have returned to school. Here are some updates on five players who worked out with the Thunder:
Jalen Lecque — Guard, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire)
Jalen Lecque is a fifth-year high school prep star out of Brewster Academy, and he announced Wednesday that he would remain in the draft. Lecque, who will turn 19 on June 13, was a top recruit for North Carolina State before forgoing his college scholarship.
Lecque is able to go straight from high school to the NBA because he is turning 19 in the same calendar year as the league’s draft; he is also one year removed from his high school graduation class.
Lecque reportedly worked out with the Thunder over the weekend. The 6-foot-4 guard has been called “Baby Westbrook” because of how his athleticism resembles that of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
Martin Krampelj — Forward, Creighton
Martin Krampelj announced on his Twitter on Wednesday that he would remain in the NBA Draft. Krampelj finished his junior year this past season, and he had one more season of eligibility left.
A forward out of Creighton, Krampelj appeared to workout with the Thunder last Saturday. He took a picture with Grant Gibbs, an assistant coach with Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G League affiliate.
Gibbs also played for Creighton from 2011-2014.
In his junior season with Creighton, Krampelj earned Big East honorable mention, and he averaged a career-high 13.5 points per game, shooting 59.2 percent from the field while grabbing 6.9 rebounds a game.
Oshae Brissett — Forward, Syracuse
Brissett performed well in the NBA G League Elite Camp, and he received an invitation to participate in the NBA Draft Combine. The combine was held in Chicago from May 15-19.
In his sophomore season with the Orange, Brissett ranked third on the team in points per game (12.4), and he was first in rebounds per game (7.5).
Joe Wieskamp — Guard, Iowa
Joe Wieskamp announced last Wednesday that he would remove his name from the draft and return for his sophomore season.
Wieskamp worked out with the Thunder earlier this month, according to David Eickholt of Hawkeye Insider.
In his freshman season with the Hawkeyes, Wieskamp averaged 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Wieskamp also shot 56.4 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from the 3-point line in 35 games for the Hawkeyes.
In his first year at Iowa, Wieskamp proved to be a strong shooter after he finished fifth in the Big Ten in three-point percentage. Against Illinois on Jan. 20, Wieskamp recorded 24 points on 6-of-6 shooting from deep.
As a freshman, he threw his name in the hat in order to receive feedback from NBA teams on how to improve next season. His decision to return to school wasn’t all that surprising to most.
Skylar Mays — Guard, LSU
Skylar Mays, a junior guard from LSU, removed his name from the draft on Monday, per NOLA.com.
Mays will now come back for his senior season after withdrawing himself from the draft. Ahead of the draft, he told The Advocate that the Thunder were one of the teams he worked out with.
In his junior season with the Tigers, Mays was named to second-team All-SEC. This past season he averaged 13.4 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting. He also shot 31.3 percent from the 3-point line.
Now that the underclassmen deadline has passed, the Thunder will continue to bring in potential draft targets over the next few weeks.
Since most of the prospects that have been linked to the Thunder are projected to be taken in the second round, the team may start working out projected first-round players.