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Arizona’s Caleb Love is ‘Definitely Declaring’ for NBA Draft: Report

Mar 28, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Tommy Lloyd reacts in the first half against the Clemson Tigers in the semifinals of the West Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

While Arizona guard Caleb Love announced his decision to enter the 2024 NBA Draft on April 16th, fans were surprised to see his name not listed on the NBA’s early entry list.

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander clarified the situation on Tuesday morning, mentioning on social media that Caleb Love is “definitely declaring” and will be fully “going through the draft process.”

 

Norlander continued, “Love’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, is talking to the league office now to rectify the oversight. Love has been in Chicago and is training in the lead-up to the combine.”

In his original announcement post, Love thanked Tommy Lloyd and the Arizona coaching staff, the team’s fans, and his supporters for their role in his development.

“I’ve taken some much-needed time with my family to think about what’s next for me, and I’ve decided to enter the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining my eligibility,” Love said. “Thank you, Wildcat Nation and Arizona Community, for showing me so much love. You will always hold a special place in my heart.”

While Love did maintain his collegiate eligibility when declaring, Norlander also mentioned that the Missouri native is on the fence about returning. He also spoke on what the process means for Tommy Lloyd and the Arizona Wildcats.

“Arizona previously submitted the necessary paperwork to maintain Love’s eligibility,” Norlander said. “Love is open to coming back; it’s 50/50 at this point if he will. Key to note: If Love returns, Zona won’t add anyone else. If he stays in the draft, Tommy Lloyd would target a replacement.”

The NCAA’s early entrant withdrawal deadline is May 29th. Should Love elect to return to Arizona, he would have to do so by the end of May to remain eligible for college basketball.

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