NBA Draft Wiretap

Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender Skipping NBA Draft Combine

May 6, 2016 8:19 AM

Ben Simmons and Dragan Bender will be the top players not to participate in the NBA draft combine in Chicago next week.

Simmons is expected to be one of the top-2 picks, while Bender will also be drafted early.

Brandon Ingram (small forward, Duke), Jaylen Brown (small forward, California), Jamal Murray (guard, Kentucky), Buddy Hield (shooting guard, Oklahoma) and Kris Dunn (point guard, Providence) are on the list.

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Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'

May 4, 2016 5:38 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping their lottery pick remains in the top-3 so it won't automatically be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But there is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep the pick or trade it away for a proven player.

“Right now, I think our young guys are the perfect number and we will add solid veterans,” said Jim Buss.

The Lakers' young core consists of D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

With significant cap space, the Lakers can conceivably sign a free agent and trade for another top level player.

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Kennedy Meeks Withdraws From NBA Draft, Staying At North Carolina

May 4, 2016 11:45 AM

Kennedy Meeks has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to North Carolina for his senior season.

Meeks slimmed down from being close to 300 pounds when he arrived on campus to playing at around 260 pounds last season as a junior.

"I appreciate the support my coaches and teammates gave me during this process as we gathered information about my professional opportunities at this time," Meeks said in a statement. "The feedback on what I have to work on so that I can have a great senior year, help my team have a great season and be ready to take that next step is invaluable."

Justin Jackson is the only player on the Tar Heels still going through the draft process.

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Jaylen Brown Leaves Cal For NBA Draft

Apr 21, 2016 3:25 PM

Jaylen Brown has decided to leave Cal for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Brown is expected to be a lottery pick.

Brown averaged 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.6 minutes per game.

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Dedric Lawson Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 20, 2016 3:52 PM

Dedric Lawson has entered the 2016 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

Lawson averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds as a freshman at Memphis.

Josh Pastner left Memphis this offseason to become the head coach at Georgia Tech.

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Nigel Hayes Testing Draft Waters

Apr 20, 2016 11:58 AM

Nigel Hayes will enter the 2016 NBA Draft but not hire an agent immediately.

Hayes is a 6'8, 21-year-old junior who averaged 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Hayes was an All-Big Ten First Team Selection for the Badgers.

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Juan Hernangomez Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 18, 2016 2:40 PM

Juan Hernangomez has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hernangomez is currently projected to go 28th overall in the latest DraftExpress mock draft.

Hernangomez is a 6'9, 20-year-old forward for Estudiantes.

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NBA Breaks Ties For Draft Order

Apr 15, 2016 3:24 PM

The NBA has broken their tiebreakers for the draft order with a coin flip.

The Sacramento Kings will get the eighth position in the lottery, which almost entirely eliminates the chance of falling outside of the top-10 to lose their pick to the Chicago Bulls. The Kings would have to be jumped by three teams behind them to fall out of the top-10.

The Denver Nuggets get the ninth slot and the Milwaukee Bucks get the 10th slot.

The Mavericks also won a tiebreaker over the Grizzlies to get the 16th pick, which will be conveyed to the Celtics.

The Pistons also won a tiebreaker over the Blazers to the 18th pick.

In a four-way tiebreaker drawing, the Boston Celtics get 23rd pick in the draft, losing to the Atlanta Hawks (21) and Charlotte Hornets (22).

The Philadelphia 76ers (from the Heat) get the 24th pick.

The order will reverse for the second round: Heat (51), Celtics (52), Hornets (53) and Hawks (54).

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Zhou Qi Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2016 10:46 AM

Zhou Qi will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Zhou, a 7'2 prospect, could become a first round selection as front office executives from the NBA have been closely monitoring his two seasons with Xinjiang.

Zhou, 20 and listed at 210 pounds, averaged 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks this season for Xinjiang, which had a 30-8 record.

DraftExpress currently has Zhou at No. 27 in their latest mock draft.


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Jakob Poeltl Leaves Utah For NBA Draft

Apr 14, 2016 3:14 PM

Jakob Poeltl has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, leaving Utah after his sophomore season.

Poeltl is projected as a top-10 pick this June by Draft Express (No. 8) and ESPN (No. 10).

"I'm not sure if I want to leave — I want to do both, even though it's not possible," he said. "I had such a good time here with everybody involved, that's what made it hard on me. But at the end of the day, it was the decision I had and wanted to make to move on with my basketball career."

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Thon Maker Cleared To Enter 2016 NBA Draft
Thon Maker is a 7'0 power forward originally born in Sudan and grew up in Australia before coming to North America in high school.

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Deyonta Davis Leaves Michigan State For Draft
Zach Randolph was the most recent one-and-done player for Michigan State in 2001.

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Kay Felder Hires Agent, Will Remain In Draft
Kay Felder will remain in the 2016 NBA Draft, leaving Oakland after his junior season.

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Mamadou Ndiaye Leaves UC Irvine For NBA Draft
Mamadou Ndiaye is the tallest player in college basketball at 7-foot-6.

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Robert Carter Leaves Maryland For Draft
Robert Carter is currently projected to be a late second round pick by Draft Express.

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Tyler Ulis Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
Tyler Ulis was dominant on both ends of the floor this season and was one of just four players nationally to tally at least 17.3 points and 7.0 assists per game.


Domantas Sabonis To Declare For NBA Draft
Domantas Sabonis has spent two seasons at Gonzaga and averaged 17.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 31.9 minutes per game as a sophomore.

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Dragan Bender Declares For NBA Draft
Dragan Bender is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

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Skal Labissiere Declares For NBA Draft
Skal Labissiere appeared in all 36 games with 18 starts, averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his lone season at Kentucky.

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Henry Ellenson Leaves Marquette For NBA Draft
Henry Ellenson averaged 17.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks in 33.5 minutes per game.

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Brandon Ingram Declares For NBA Draft
Brandon Ingram made the announcement in a first-person essay on The Players Tribune.

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Thon Maker Will Attempt To Declare For NBA Draft
Thon Maker reportedly graduated from high school in Canada in June of 2015 and is technically in his fifth year of high school.

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Jamal Murray Leaving Kentucky For NBA Draft
Jamal Murray is the 17th one-and-done player of the John Calipari era at Kentucky.

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Rodney Purvis Leaving UConn To Test Draft Waters
Rodney Purvis averaged 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.9 minutes per game.

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Julian Jacobs To Declare For NBA Draft
Julian Jacobs will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, leaving USC after his junior season.

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Buddy Hield's Tournament Unlikely To Have Major Impact On Draft Stock
Tyus Jones, Shabazz Napier, Luke Hancock, Kyle Singler and Wayne Ellington are five of the last seven players to be named Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

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Cheick Diallo Declares For NBA Draft, Will Wait On Hiring Agent
Cheick Diallo has a chance to be selected in the first round.

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Tim Quarterman Leaves LSU For NBA Draft
Tim Quarterman is a big point guard who averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists this past season.

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Stephen Zimmerman Leaving UNLV For NBA Draft
Stephen Zimmerman averaged 10.5 points and 8.7 rebounds for UNLV.

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76ers Interested In Drafting Kris Dunn
Philadelphia is still looking for their long-term solution at point guard.

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