NBA Draft Wiretap

Jackson, Fultz, Ball, Smith, Giles Comprise Chad Ford's Top 100

Nov 29, 2016 1:21 PM

Josh Jackson ranks first in Chad Ford's Top 100 for the 2017 NBA Draft ahead of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.

Dennis Smith, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-10.

Draft Express has Fultz, Smith, Tatum, Jackson and Giles as their top-5 in that order.

1. Josh Jackson
2. Markelle Fultz
3. Lonzo Ball
4. Dennis Smith
5. Harry Giles
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Jonathan Isaac
8. Malik Monk
9. Miles Bridges
10. Frank Ntilikina
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Ivan Rabb
13. De'Aaron Fox
14. OG Anunoby
15. Jarrett Allen
16. Edrice Adebayo
17. Marques Bolden
18. Tony Bradley
19. Omer Yurtseven
20. Terrance Ferguson

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No. 3 Recruit Wendell Carter Commits To Duke

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 PM

Wendell Carter has committed to Duke as a member of the 2017 incoming class.

Carter chose the Blue Devils over in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Harvard. 

Carter, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pace Academy (Georgia), is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 100 for 2017.

Carter won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 U17 World Championship. 

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Dunc'd On: Mike Schmitz Of DraftExpress On The Top 2017 Prospects

Nov 10, 2016 3:37 PM

Master video scout Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress joins to discuss the best 2017 NBA draft prospects and who he will be tracking this season. We go through his top-10 prospects and also hit on his personal sleepers.  Prospects discussed include Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith, Jr., Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Harry Giles, and many more.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).

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Bill Self: Josh Jackson Has Great IQ Both On, Off Court

Nov 8, 2016 3:01 PM

Josh Jackson is considered one of the more mature prospects of the 2017 NBA Draft class. Jackson is a wing but has many point guard style attributes with his vision and passing.

Bill Self describes Jackson as a "very deep thinker, ridiculously bright and articulate."

"He has a great IQ both on the court and off the court," Self says. "It's way, way, way beyond his years."

Jackson also has a love for chess.

"I like thinking games," Jackson said.

"Chess forces you to think about the decisions you're making before you make them, after you make them. Just being able to think before you move, think about what happens if you do this or do that."

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Terrance Ferguson Suspended One Game For Striking Opponent

Oct 26, 2016 10:35 AM

Terrance Ferguson has been suspended one game for striking opponent Mark Worthington during a game on October 21st.

Ferguson is playing for the Adelaide 36ers after deciding not to attend Arizona for his freshman season.

Draft Express currently projects Ferguson as a late first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Harry Giles Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery

Oct 3, 2016 1:47 PM

Harry Giles has undergone knee surgery and will be out for six weeks.

Giles is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the first game of his high school season a year ago.

Giles is a freshman at Duke and considered one of the top picks in the 2017 NBA Draft class if he's healthy.

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Duke To Hold Two Pro Days, Close All Other Practices To NBA Scouts

Sep 14, 2016 10:20 AM

Mike Krzyzewski is barring NBA teams from scouting Duke's practices this season except for two pro days scheduled in October.

NBA executives were extended invitations to pro days on Oct. 19 and 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“All other practices will be closed,” Duke told teams in an email.

NBA executives and scouts are free to scout any and all college games.

John Calipari instituted consecutive preseason pro days in October for his program, although those have been held on back-to-back days, which allow team executives to make a single trip. 

Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are anticipated high lottery picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

 

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DeAndre Ayton Commits To Arizona

Sep 6, 2016 6:36 PM

DeAndre Ayton has committed to Arizona for the incoming class of 2017.

Ayton is widely considered the No. 1 prospect of the 2017 class and is expected to be the first overall pick in 2018.

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Fultz, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Ntilikina Comprise Top-5 Of ESPN's First 2017 Mock Draft

Aug 23, 2016 2:40 PM

Chad Ford of ESPN has Markelle Fultz going first overall in his 2017 NBA Mock Draft, Version 1.0.

Fultz will be a freshman point guard at Washington.

Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-5. Ford has Jackson ranked No. 1 on his current Big Board.

1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz
2. Celtics (via Nets): Harry Giles
3. Lakers: Josh Jackson
4. Suns: Dennis Smith
5. Kings: Frank Ntilikina
6. Nuggets: Jonathan Isaac
7. Magic: Lonzo Ball
8. Pelicans: Jayson Tatum
9. Heat: Ivan Rabb
10. Bucks: De'Aaron Fox
11. Wolves: Terrance Ferguson
12. Bulls: Jarrett Allen
13. Mavericks: Marques Bolden
14. Knicks: Malik Monk
15. Wizards: Edrice Adebayo
16. Rockets: Edmond Sumner
17. Hornets: OG Anunoby
18. Nuggets (via Grizzlies): Lauri Markkanen
19. Hawks: Omer Yurtseven
20. Thunder: Carlton Bragg
21. Pacers: Tyler Lydon
22. Jazz: Rodions Kurucs
23. Pistons: Grayson Allen
24. Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein
25. Raptors: Jonathan Jeanne
26. Nets (via Celtics): Miles Bridges
27. Raptors (via Clippers): Kostja Mushidi
28. Cavs: Thomas Bryant
29. Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame
30. Jazz (via Warriors): Jalen Brunson

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ESPN's NBA Draft Big Board Top-15 Includes 12 Freshmen

Aug 4, 2016 1:11 PM

Josh Jackson, Harry Giles and Markelle Fultz headline ESPN's first Big Board for the 2017 NBA Draft class.

Eleven of the top 15 prospects are incoming freshmen, which shows the potentially historical nature of the class. (Star indicates incoming freshman)

1. Josh Jackson*

2. Harry Giles*

3. Markelle Fultz*

4. Dennis Smith*

5. Frank Nitilikina

6. Lonzo Ball*

7. Jayson Tatum*

8. Jonathan Isaac*

9. De'Aaron Fox*

10. Ivan Rabb

11. Jarrett Allen*

12. Edrice Adebayo*

13. Marques Bolden*

14. Edmon Sumner

15. Malik Monk*

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid
The Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls held serious trade talks involving Jimmy Butler with both the Celtics and Wolves.

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ESPN's Ratings For NBA Draft Lowest Since 2012 While Yahoo Gets 2.8M Viewers
ESPN drew a 2.4 overnight rating for the 2016 NBA Draft after a record-setting 3.1 in each of the past two years.

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Team Reneged On Promise To Draft Isaia Cordinier Early In 2nd Round
Isaia Cordinier asked teams not to pick him because he was guaranteed to be brought to the NBA immediately but the team reneged on the promise at the last minute.

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Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review
Analysis of every first round pick along with the trades of Serge Ibaka, Thaddeus Young and Marco Belinelli.

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Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him
Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Jazz.

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans
The Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available.

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Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Ron Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

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Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

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Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder
LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Kay Felder.

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Warriors Buy 38th Pick From Bucks For $2.4 Million, Select Pat McCaw
The Warriors used the selection to pick Pat McCaw out of UNLV.

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Jaylen Brown Didn't Expect To Be Picked By Celtics, Excited For Playoff Basketball
The Celtics held onto the selection and took Jaylen Brown, who they worked out twice.

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Brandon Ingram Feels 'Good Pressure' Going To Lakers
The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, the first acquisition they’ve made since Kobe Bryant retired.

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Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown Go Top-3 In 2016 NBA Draft
After the 76ers selected Ben Simmons and the Lakers picked Brandon Ingram as widely expected, Boston picked Jaylen Brown.

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76ers Offering Nerlens Noel, 24, 26, Robert Covington To Celtics For No. 3
The Celtics have been shopping the third overall pick for weeks.

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Kings Receiving Offers Of Multiple Future 1st Round Picks For No. 8
The Kings have future pick obligations due to previous trades with the Cavaliers in 2011 and the 76ers last offseason.

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Raptors Interested In Skal Labissiere At No. 9
Skal Labissiere had an inconsistent freshman season at Kentucky but he was widely considered one of the top prospects in the draft class a year ago.

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76ers Increase Efforts To Acquire 3rd Overall Pick From Celtics
The 76ers have increased their efforts to acquire the third overall pick from the Celtics.

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Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward
The Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick.

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76ers Decided To Select Ben Simmons On Lottery Night
The 76ers were always locked in on Ben Simmons despite doing their due diligence on other players.

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