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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016

Nov 24, 2015 12:46 PM

Ben Simmons ranks No. 1 on ESPN's Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Anyone that doesn't have Simmons No. 1 [on their draft board] should be fired," one longtime GM with a great draft track record told ESPN on Monday.

Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

"You don't find players his size, with his elite athletic ability that see the game the way he sees the game," one GM said. "He's unselfish to a fault. He's always trying to make the right play. And he's just scratching the surface. Look at how the other freshmen are faring right now. It takes a while to adjust. What does his box score start looking like when he adjusts?"

The main concern with Simmons is his jumper and whether that may make a team pass on him at No. 1 was asked.

"Not a chance," one GM said. "He does everything else well. He's not a bad shooter. It won't stop anyone from taking him No. 1."

Skal Labissiere, Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown could all compete for the No. 1 spot.

"Towns, Mudiay and Porzingis were always in the mix last year," one GM said. "There was plenty of debate. There just isn't any real debate with my scouts about Simmons right now. He's way ahead of those guys. He's going to have to struggle and those guys are going to have to get a lot better."

Labissiere has ranked No. 1 on the Draft Express' Big Board since last April.


Chad Ford/ESPN

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No. 5 Recruit Malik Monk Commits To Kentucky

Nov 18, 2015 6:58 PM

Kentucky has received a commitment from Malik Monk, who was ranked No. 5 by ESPN.

Monk, a native of Bentonville, Arkansas, had been the focus of a long recruiting battle between Kentucky and the in-state Razorbacks.

"This has been the toughest decision I have made in my life," Monk said in the statement. "With so many great coaches and historical programs recruiting me, it has really been a tough but fun process."

Monk is a 6'3 shooting guard and an electrifying athlete.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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Harry Giles Commits To Duke

Nov 6, 2015 12:50 PM

Harry Giles has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

Giles suffered a partially torn right ACL this week and had previously torn the ACL in his left knee.

Giles is rated as the No. 1 recruit in the 2016 class by ESPN.

Giles will have the chance to play with Jayson Tatum, who is ESPN's No. 2 recruit.

"We were roommates in USA Basketball this past season," Tatum told ESPN. "When you spend over 30 days together, you either grow closer or apart. We got closer."


Jeff Capel was key in the recruitment of Giles.

"Jeff built a great relationship with Harry and that was key," Oak Hill assistant coach Cory Alexander said.

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Harry Giles Tears ACL In Right Knee

Nov 5, 2015 12:12 PM

Harry Giles has suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 15-16 high school season.

Giles is considered the top recruit of the 2016 incoming freshman class.

Giles Jr., said his son still plans to announce his decision on what school he'll attend, on Friday from Oak Hill Academy (Virginia).

The four schools still involved with Giles' recruitment are Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

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Skal Labissiere Cleared By NCAA To Play For Kentucky

Oct 23, 2015 8:07 PM

Skal Labissiere has been deemed eligible by the NCAA to play in the upcoming 2015-16 season for Kentucky.

Labissiere received paperwork clearance on Friday after the NCAA had investigated him for his relationship with his Memphis-based guardian Gerald Hamilton.

Labissiere is projected as a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

John Calipari has said he was unworried about Labissiere's eligibility ruling and expected him to play once the Wildcats started the season on Nov. 13.

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Ben Simmons Has 41.5-Inch Vertical During LSU's Combine

Oct 13, 2015 7:27 PM

Ben Simmons tested with a 41.5 inch vertical during LSU's combine.

Simmons also was measured at 6'10 in shoes and a 7'0 1/4 wingspan, which is longer than previously reported.

Simmons has also added 11 pounds since late June.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

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Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

Oct 7, 2015 12:04 PM

Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday.

Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. 

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016

Aug 26, 2015 8:46 PM

ESPN has graded out 28 five-star prospects for the incoming freshman class of 2016.

NBA scouts are especially excited for the 2017 draft, while the 2016 class isn't expected to be particularly deep.

Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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Dunc'd On Pod: Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress On 2016, 2017 Draft Prospects

Aug 14, 2015 8:38 PM

Host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) is joined by Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) of DraftExpress to introduce listeners to key 2016 and 2017 NBA draft prospects, including Skal Labissiere, Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Harry Giles and Dennis Smith.

Subscribe to the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on iTunes or via the XML feed.

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Simmons, Labissiere, Jaylen Brown Comprise Ford's Top-3 For 2016

Aug 13, 2015 12:32 PM

Ben Simmons is ranked No. 1 on Chad Ford's first Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Ford reports that several general managers claim Simmons would have been their choice for the first overall pick in 2015 had he been eligible.

Skal Labissiere is ranked No. 2 and Jaylen Brown ranks No. 3.

Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, Malik Pope, Dragan Bender, Henry Ellenson, Malik Newman and Jakob Poeltl round out the top-10.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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Celtics Were Unsuccessful No. 4-No. 9 On Trading Up For Justise Winslow
Danny Ainge said the Celtics were "probably offering too much" to trade into the lottery despite having all of their attempts turned down.

Jay King/Boston Herald

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: 2015 NBA Draft Review
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux of RealGM review the NBA Draft, going through the entire first round in order while also discussing trades and their favorite second round selections.

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Mudiay Believes Injury Had More Impact On Draft Stock Than Playing Overseas
Emmanuel Mudiay was once considered a potential top overall pick in this draft class.

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Knicks Trade Tim Hardaway Jr. To Hawks For Jerian Grant
Jerian Grant will join the Knicks with the 19th pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Towns, Russell, Okafor Headline 2015 NBA Draft
The Wolves opened the 2015 NBA Draft by selecting Karl-Anthony Towns out of Kentucky.

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Lakers Privately Worked Out Karl-Anthony Towns
The Lakers didn't publicize the Karl-Anthony Towns' workout as they did for other prospects.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Wolves Decide To Select Karl-Anthony Towns At No. 1
The Wolves have long been expected to select Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick and they've made their decision.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lakers Believed To Be Leaning Towards D'Angelo Russell
Jahlil Okafor's second predraft workout was a drop-off from the first while D'Angelo Russell's perimeter shooting was impressive in his follow-up.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Teams Feel Mario Hezonja's Camp Trying To Get Him To Pistons
Mario Hezonja is represented by Arn Tellem, who recently was hired by the Pistons for an executive position effective on Aug. 1.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Celtics Prepared To Trade Up With 76ers If Jahlil Okafor Slips
The Celtics have a considerable numbers of assets to make trading up to No. 3 viable.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cameron Payne Felt He Proved Enough During Pacers' Workout
Cameron Payne worked out for just four teams, while meeting with another, leading up to the NBA Draft.

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Hornets Aggressively Trying To Trade Cody Zeller
If the Hornets succeed in trading away Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky could be a serious candidate in the draft at No. 9.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Bring In Emmanuel Mudiay For 2nd Workout
The Lakers brought Emmanuel Mudiay in for a second workout last Thursday and had a much better showing.

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Pistons Zeroing In On Stanley Johnson At No. 8
The expectation is that Mario Hezonja and Emmanuel Mudiay will not be available to the Pistons at No. 8, so they're pivoting toward Stanley Johnson.

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Pistons Could Move On From Reggie Jackson If Mudiay Slips To No. 8
The Pistons are not reportedly sold on restricted free agent Reggie Jackson.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Bucks Shopping Henson, Carter-Williams To Move Up
The Bucks could also offer the Clippers' 2016 first round pick.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves
The Timberwolves were the only team for which Karl-Anthony Towns held an individual workout.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Celtics Offer Marcus Smart, Two Firsts To 76ers For Nerlens Noel, No. 3
The Celtics have offered Marcus Smart and picks No. 16 and 28 in the first round to the 76ers for Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Grant, Looney Among Green Room Invites
Jerian Grant, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kevon Looney are three project mid-first rounders invited to the green room.

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Lakers Up To 80-20 On Picking Jahlil Okafor At No. 2
The Lakers appear to be settling into selecting Jahlil Okafor with the second overall pick.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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