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Kyle Anderson To Leave UCLA For Draft

Kyle Anderson will leave UCLA to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

“Kyle is totally prepared mentally to come out,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv earlier this season. “He knows he’ll have to get adjusted to the rigors and physicality of the NBA but mentally he’s always been a little more mature than the average age he’s at.

“His approach to the game right now is that of a person who knows this is going to be my job, this is going to be my livelihood.”

Anderson is currently projected by DraftExpress as the 19th overall pick.

Via Adam Zagoria/ZagsBlog

Kobe Envisions 'Great Potential' In Parker, Wiggins; Willing To Mentor Either Player

Kobe Bryant was asked about the potential of either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in June.

"both have great potential. Id mentor either one," Bryant replied on his verified Twitter account.

Wiggins and Parker have been expected to declare for the draft but neither has made a final decision.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Zach LaVine To Declare For Draft

Zach LaVine will leave UCLA for the 2014 NBA Draft after just one season in Westwood.

LaVine's father Paul told the Los Angeles Daily News that NBA scouts and personnel believe he will be better off long-term by declaring now.

“They love him,” Paul said. “They’re picturing him at 22.”

LaVine's camp believes he should have been entrusted to handle the ball more with the second unit. 

Steve Alford instead groomed his son Bryce as the point guard.

DraftExpress currently has LaVine as the 30th overall pick in their latest mock draft.

Via Jack Wang/Los Angeles Daily News

Tyler Ennis Declares For NBA Draft

Tyler Ennis will leave Syracuse to declare for the NBA draft.

"I'd like to thank Coach [Jim] Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse," Ennis said in a statement. "I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA."

Ennis averaged 12.9 points and 5.4 assists in his lone season at Syracuse.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Joel Embiid To Declare For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Embiid is expected to compete with Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker for the first overall pick.

In the past week, Embiid has progressed in settling on agent representation, but no final decision has been made, sources said.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wiggins Remains No. 1 On Most NBA Boards

Andrew Wiggins struggled in his final collegiate game as Kansas was eliminated by Stanford in the Round of 32, but the game won't hurt his draft stock.

"Wiggins is going to have to continue to improve his skill set," writes Chad Ford. "But I haven't heard anyone in the NBA suggest that this one game will affect his draft stock at all. He's the No. 1 guy on our board and he's the No. 1 guy on most NBA boards right now. That can still change as we get into workouts and physicals, but I'd be surprised if it did."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Mouhammadou Jaiteh To Declare For NBA Draft

French prospect Mouhammadou Jaiteh will declare his name into the June NBA draft and gauge feedback to frame a decision on whether to stay, a source told RealGM.

Jaiteh had submitted eligibility in last year’s draft, before pulling out late in the withdrawing window. Multiple teams late in the first round and early in the second round expressed a significant interest in selecting Jaiteh, but under the condition of stashing the 6-foot-11 big man overseas.

Jaiteh, 19, possesses one more year in which he could withdraw from the draft and plans to approach the process and workouts as if he will most likely remain part of the 2014 class.

Jaiteh has experienced inconsistent play in the European League and Eurocup with JSF Nanterre, where he’s received an escalation in competition. He’ll return to the U.S. for training once his team’s playoffs end.

For the season, Jaiteh has averaged 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

LaQuinton Ross Leaves Ohio State For NBA Draft

LaQuinton Ross will leave Ohio State to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Ross averaged 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a junior.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

T.J. Warren To Declare For Draft

T.J. Warren will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Warren was the 2014 ACC Player of the Year for N.C. State.

Warren averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Noah Vonleh To Declare For NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh will leave Indiana to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

"It's going to suck leaving college without an NCAA Tournament," Vonleh said. "But I have to do what's best for me."

"I've heard the fourth pick to the 12th pick is wide open," Vonleh said. "[I think I'll be selected] anywhere in that range."

DraftExpress.com has Vonleh going seventh overall.

Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

Via Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Joel Embiid Will Meet With Coaches, Mbah a Moute Before Making Decision

Joel Embiid said he would have been ready for the Sweet 16 had Kansas advanced.

Wiggins Accepts Blame For Kansas Loss

Andrew Wiggins had four points, four turnovers, one assists, four rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes.

Jabari Parker: College Career 'Incomplete'

Duke was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Mercer.

Brett Brown Believes 76ers Should Draft Based On Best Player Available, Not Need

Brett Brown understands the 76ers' front office could instead draft based on need.

Noah Vonleh Leaning Toward Declaring For NBA Draft

Vonleh won't turn 19 until late August and many executives have concerns about his eventual position in the NBA.

Some GMs, Scouts Moving Back To Wiggins Even Before Embiid Injury

Andrew Wiggins had 41 points on Saturday and has begun to reestablish himself as a popular pick to go first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Saric: Best To Stay In Europe For Development

Dario Saric will wait until after the current season to decide whether he will enter the NBA Draft, or possibly move from KK Cibona to either Turkey or Spain.

Joel Embiid Won't Need Surgery, Likely Out Until At Least Sweet 16

Joel Embiid is out indefinitely after being seen in Los Angeles by a spinal specialist.

Joel Embiid To Visit Back Specialist In California

Joel Embiid has been out since last week's loss to Oklahoma State.

Jabari Parker Remains Undecided On Draft

Jabari Parker remains undecided about whether he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Cuban In Favor Of Expanding Rounds In NBA Draft

Mark Cuban is in favor of the NBA expanding its draft beyond the current two rounds.

Joel Embiid To Miss Final Two Regular Season Games

Joel Embiid could also miss part or all of the Big 12 conference tournament.

GM: Draft Picks Have Become More Valuable Due To Cheap Contracts, Four-Year Control

Other than a truly elite player such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant, draft picks have become the NBA's most valued commodity.

Marcus Smart Suspended Three Games For Incident With Fan

Marcus Smart will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor.

Marcus Smart 'Remorseful' After Pushing Fan

Marcus Smart has claimed to coaches that the fan, identified as Jeff Orr, called him a racial slur.

Chris Walker's Florida Debut Attended By 19 NBA Scouts

Chris Walker had four points, two rebounds and two blocks in seven minutes in his debut for Florida on Tuesday.

Joel Embiid 'Strongly Considering' Returning To Kansas For Sophomore Season

Joel Embiid said on Tuesday that he is "strongly considering" returning to Kansas for his sophomore season.

Lakers Seek Better First Round Pick Than Currently Offered By Suns

The Suns could own as many as four first round picks.

GM: I'd Take Tyler Ennis Over Kyrie Irving Right Now

Tyler Ennis is averaging 12.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Scout: Ashley's Injury Could Help Aaron Gordon's Draft Stock By Playing Natural Position

Aaron Gordon continues to show questionable ability on offense and projects as a tweener between small forward and power forward.
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