With three first-round choices, the 76ers will take part in what most experts expect to be a deep NBA draft. The league announced yesterday that 84 players had filed for early entry into the June 28 proceedings.

Fifty-nine players are from U.S. colleges. The 25 others are international players.

"With the number of players declaring their eligibility for the upcoming draft, this class certainly has the potential to be one of the deepest in my 14 years in the NBA," Sixers president and general manager Billy King said yesterday in an e-mail.

The Sixers plan to scout the players at the league's pre-draft camp, to be held May 29 to June 1 in Orlando, Fla. King said that after the camp, the Sixers would bring in players for individual workouts in Philadelphia.

"As a staff, we are extremely encouraged by this list and are looking forward to the draft," King said.

Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names (as long as they have not hired an agent) by notifying the NBA by June 18.

Two early-entry candidates, Virginia point guard Sean Singletary and George Washington guard Maureece Rice, have Philadelphia roots. Both players have applied for the draft but have not hired agents.

Singletary played at Penn Charter, and Rice was a star at Strawberry Mansion. Both are college juniors.

The Sixers will take part in the May 22 draft lottery to determine their first pick. At this point, they are slotted 12th in the first round. In that position, the Sixers have seven chances in 1,000 to win the top overall pick. They have a 0.83 percent chance for the second overall pick, and a 1.01 percent chance for the third.

Fourteen teams will be in the lottery.

The Sixers also will have the 21st and 30th selections in the first round, both acquired in the trade with Denver for Allen Iverson.