After months of vasciliating over his future — from saying he would only come to the NBA as a top-10 pick to applying for the Draft when it seemed unlikely he would be top 10, to statements he would not be in the 2013 pool — Croatian small forward Dario Saric officially removed his name from consideration.
Projected to be chosen in the middle of the first round and possibly get to the end of the lottery, Saric was among 18 players who filed before the Monday deadline, the NBA announced Tuesday. The other notable was Mouhammadou Jaiteh, likely headed for the second round.
Two players from the United States withdrew, Norvel Pelle, trying to jump start his career after going from a top prospect in high school to being unable to find stability in college, and Joshua Simmons.
The 16 others were from overseas: Francois Affia Ambadiang, Nemanja Besovic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Matias Bortolin, Linos Chrysikopoulos, Dorde Drenovac, Viktor Gaddefors, Jaiteh, Louis Labeyrie, Philipp Neumann, Artem Pustovyi, Marko Ramljak, Saric, Walter Tavares, Axel Toupane, and Adin Vrabac.
The Draft is June 27 in Brooklyn, N.Y.