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ASU’s Warren Washington not on list for early NBA Draft entrants

ASU could be getting back starting center Warren Washington after he decided to not enter the NBA Draft and still has his college eligibility. © James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

After supposedly declaring for the NBA Draft on April 6, ASU starting center Warren Washington was not on the list for early NBA Draft entrants released yesterday.

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Update: Washington is now in the portal (story to come)

When Washington declared for the draft, he maintained his college eligibility and did not enter the transfer portal. He just decided he did not want to go through with the process.

Starting point guard Frankie Collins was on the list, and he is reportedly expected to come back. The latest day he can withdraw is May 31.

Forward Marcus Bagley, who left the team early on in the season, was also on the list.

Frankie Collins and Marcus Bagley were the two names from ASU on the list (via NBA)

Washington has done a number of NIL promotions since his announced entry into the draft, including making an appearance at ASU’s spring football game. 

Washington averaged 9.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 34 starts for the Sun Devils last season.

No Warren Washington on the alphabetical list. (via NBA)

Should Washington come back, ASU would appear to be set with its front court, as the Sun Devils picked up a commitment from LSU 7-footer Shawn Phillips yesterday.

ASU Roster Tracker (Main Pieces from End of Last Season)

Players gained from the portal (5): F Shawn Phillips (LSU), F Zane Meeks (USF), G Adam Miller (LSU), F Kamari Lands (Louisville), G Malachi Davis (Tallahassee CC)

Players lost to the portal (6): G Austin Nunez (Ole Miss), F Devan Cambridge (Oregon), F Duke Brennan (GCU), G Malcolm Flaggs (GCU), G DJ Horne (NC State), F/C Enoch Boakye (Fresno State)

Players lost to eligibility (2): G Desmond Cambridge Jr., G Luther Muhammad

Players with names in NBA Draft (option to return) (2): G Frankie Collins, F Marcus Bagley

Unannounced players (1): F Alonzo Gaffney

Returning players (1): G/F Jamiya Neal (removed name from portal)

Removed name from NBA Draft (1): F/C Warren Washington

Incoming freshmen (2): Four-star G Braelon Green (CA), four-star PF Akil Watson (NJ)

My Predicted Rotation As of Now

1. Collins (6-1) / Davis (6-4) / Green (6-3) / Neal (6-6) / Miller (6-3)

2. Miller / Davis / Green / Neal

3. Neal / Lands (6-8)

4. Gaffney (6-9) / Meeks (6-9) / Lands / Watson (6-8)

5. Washington (7-0) / Phillips (7-0) / Meeks / Gaffney

The Sun Devils can mix up these positions, as we saw them do several times last season (edited from last article to incorporate this). They appear to be set on big men now. They like to play a lot of three-guard lineups, so there is a role for all of the guards on the team right now, but they could use another backup guard (not sure what all of the guards’ roles will be) and small forward. Despite all of the departures, Hurley has done a terrific job of retooling the roster, going out and getting players from the transfer portal that fit ASU perfectly and have either proven themselves with experience or are young but were highly-rated recruits out of high school. Depth was a huge key for ASU’s success last season, and the Sun Devils will have it once again next season. Having what could be 11 quality players that make up the roster as of right now is a huge achievement that shouldn’t be overlooked, as Hurley said he wanted the roster to be complete by early May. The Sun Devils have two more roster spots they could choose to fill.

ASU lands LSU F Shawn Phillips from transfer portal

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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