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Frank Jackson Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Apr 23, 2017 9:39 AM

Frank Jackson has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

"Frank has always wanted to be in the NBA," his father, Al, told The Tribune in a phone interview. "He went to Duke for a variety of reasons, and we absolutely made the right decision. If he had gone anywhere else, we wouldn't have had to struggle with this decision. Frank would've been a one-and-done player with no doubt."

Enough NBA teams expressed interest for Jackson to enter the draft process.

"It's clear to us enough teams consider Frank an NBA player," Al Jackson said. "He has superior athleticism, he has high character and he has a high basketball IQ."

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Jordan Bell Declares For Draft, Signs With Agent

Apr 18, 2017 1:27 PM

Jordan Bell has announced his decision to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent.

Bell is projected to be the No. 38 overall pick in the latest mock draft by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

Bell averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season to help lead Oregon to the Final Four.

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Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac Sign With Jeff Wechsler

Apr 17, 2017 11:07 AM

Agent Jeff Wechsler has signed Jayson Tatum and Jonathan Isaac.

Both Tatum and Isaac are considered lottery picks.

Wechsler's most prominent NBA client is Kyrie Irving.

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P.J. Dozier To Hire Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 17, 2017 11:04 AM

P.J. Dozier is hiring an agent to stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, leaving South Carolina after his sophomore season.

Dozier is considered a second round pick.

For his sophomore season, Dozier averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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Jarrett Allen To Hire Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 12, 2017 12:33 AM

Jarrett Allen will hire an agent and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to begin the process of hiring an agent and turning professional,” Allen said. “Throughout this basketball season, I felt l have grown as a basketball player and as a person while learning how to approach and prepare for the game.

“These experiences and my continual improvement throughout this year have provided me the opportunity of a lifetime to live my dream of playing basketball at the highest level,” he continued.

“I have had deep discussions with my family as well as Coach (Shaka) Smart in making sure this is a sound decision. I firmly believe in my heart, understanding the personal goals I have set and my love for the game of basketball, that this is the right decision to make.”

Allen averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Texas.

Allen is expected to be a mid-first round pick.

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Zach Collins Leaves Gonzaga For Draft

Apr 12, 2017 12:31 AM

Zach Collins will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, forgoing his final three years of eligibility. 

"I just want to thank everyone at Gonzaga, especially the coaching staff and my teammates," Collins said. "This season was special and something I will never forget. It was the most fun year of my life. I want to thank all of the Zag fans for all of their support and passion. I'll always be proud to be a Zag."

Collins is expected to be a lottery pick, or just outside of it in June's draft.

Collins averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds for Gonzaga.

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Tyler Dorsey Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 11, 2017 10:42 AM

Tyler Dorsey has declared for the 2017 NBA draft and will hire an agent, leaving Oregon after two seasons.

Dorsey also declared for the draft in 2016 but didn't hire an agent.

Dorsey reportedly had a lucrative offer last summer from Olympiacos, which could serve as a backup plan if he doesn't make an NBA roster.

Dorsey has dual citizenship and a Greek passport.

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Markelle Fultz: It Would Be Amazing To Play For Knicks

Apr 9, 2017 8:08 PM

Markelle Fultz sat courtside for Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.

Fultz was asked if he feels he could thrive in New York.

"I think I could play in any system," he said. "I’m very versatile, so it was cool to see that. It’s a lot of openings and stuff like that, so that’s why I came to see that in person."

The Knicks are in a position to possibly win the lottery to select Fultz though the odds are long.

"It would be amazing. It’s close to home," says Fultz, who grew up in Washington, D.C. "My family can come out, and this is the greatest place to play, really, in New York -- big stadium, a lot of good fans."

Fultz also liked the possibility of playing with Kristaps Porzingis.

"He can shoot the 3 and get to the rim," said Fultz.

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Celtics Clinch Best Odds For Lottery As Nets Will Finish With NBA's Worst Record

Apr 8, 2017 2:24 AM

With the Brooklyn Nets clinching the worst record in the NBA on Friday night following the Phoenix Suns' victory, the Boston Celtics will enter May's lottery with the best odds of securing the top overall pick.

The Celtics own pick swap rights with the Nets.

Boston will pick no worse than fourth overall.

The Celtics ended up with the third overall pick in 2016 due to owning the Nets' pick.

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Owners Want To Revisit Lottery Issue In Holistic Way

Apr 7, 2017 7:34 PM

The NBA Board of Governors discussed the practice of teams who are out of playoff contention resting players that is perceived as both developing younger players yet also trying to improve their lottery position.

"I think that is also a serious issue for the league," said Adam Silver. "It’s not a new issue, and the league, sometimes there are other advantages to that end-of-season resting. Sometimes there are opportunities to give other players on the roster additional minutes. But there’s no question there’s also a certain amount of jockeying that’s going on there as teams look to go into the draft.

"I think that the larger subject of the lottery, the odds for the lottery, how so-called lottery picks are protected, in certain cases you have lottery picks 1 through 3 protected. That is something that we discussed at our board meeting and agreed that we need to revisit it in a holistic way."

This season, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a position where they will lose their pick this year and in 2019 if their selection falls out of the top-3.

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Lonzo Ball Would Rather Play For Lakers Than Go No. 1
The Celtics, Suns, Lakers, Magic, 76ers and Knicks are in the best position to land a top-2 pick.

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Luke Kennard Leaves Duke For NBA Draft
Luke Kennard will sign with an agent and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

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Bam Adebayo Declares For Draft, Won't Immediately Hire Agent
Bam Adebayo is projected to be selected anywhere between 19th and 30th.

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Isaiah Briscoe Declares For NBA Draft, Plans To Hire Agent
Isaiah Briscoe will either be a second round pick or go undrafted.

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Justin Patton To Leave Creighton For NBA Draft
Justin Patton averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for Creighton as a 7-foot freshman center.

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Most Teams Giving 'Very Slight Edge' To Markelle Fultz Over Lonzo Ball
Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball are widely expected to be the first two players selected in June's draft.

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Malik Monk Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
Malik Monk was Player of the Year in the SEC and is expected to be a top-10 pick.

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Nike Interested In Signing Lonzo Ball
LaVar Ball has said he's seeking a $1 billion deal to sign all three of his sons.

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De'Aaron Fox Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
De'Aaron Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Kentucky.

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T.J. Leaf Declares For NBA Draft
T.J. Leaf is expected to be a mid-first round selection.

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Lauri Markkanen Leaves Arizona For NBA Draft
Lauri Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Wildcats while shooting 42.3 percent on three-pointers.

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Dennis Smith Leaves N.C. State For NBA Draft
Dennis Smith is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

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Lonzo Ball: I'm Better Than Markelle Fultz
Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz are widely considered the top-2 players in the 2017 NBA Draft class.

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Harry Giles Leaving Duke For 2017 NBA Draft
Harry Giles has announced he will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft after one season at Duke.

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Drew Eubanks To Declare For Draft
Drew Eubanks averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 32 games this season for Oregon State.

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Lonzo Ball Announces He'll Leave UCLA For Draft
Lonzo Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

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Michael Porter Jr. Commits To Missouri
Michael Porter Jr. will attend Missouri for his freshman season.

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Jonathan Isaac Leaves Florida State To Declare For NBA Draft
Jonathan Isaac posted his announcement on Instagram while thanking the fans of Florida State.

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Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington
Michael Porter Jr. is widely considered the top recruit in the country.

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Jayson Tatum Leaving Duke For NBA Draft
Jayson Tatum is expected to be a top-10 pick.

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