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Dennis Smith Leaves N.C. State For NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2017 3:46 PM

Dennis Smith will leave N.C. State after his freshman season to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

"It's always been my dream to try and play in the NBA," Smith told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "The timing is perfect for me and my family to make this decision. I want to thank all my teammates, coaches and the fans of NC State. I am thankful for Coach [Mark] Gottfried and all that he has done for me."

 

Smith averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Smith is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

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Lonzo Ball: I'm Better Than Markelle Fultz

Mar 28, 2017 3:04 PM

Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz are widely considered the top-2 players in the 2017 NBA Draft class. The two players figure to be compared to each other endlessly between now and June's draft.

"Markelle's a great player, but I feel I'm better than him," said Ball. "I think I can lead a team better than him," Ball added. "Obviously he's a great scorer -- he's a great player, so I'm not taking that away from him."

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game as a freshman this season, but Washington had a 9-22 record.

Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 assists per game while leading UCLa to the Sweet 16.

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Harry Giles Leaving Duke For 2017 NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2017 2:08 PM

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

Giles is expected to be a mid-first round pick. Giles was previously considered a probable top-5 pick in this draft class before suffering a number of injuries.

Giles tore the ACL in his right knee when a high school senior and then underwent left knee surgery in October, which limited his appearances with Duke.

Giles averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes with Duke.

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Drew Eubanks To Declare For Draft

Mar 28, 2017 11:09 AM

Drew Eubanks will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft but not hire an agent.

Eubanks averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 32 games this season for Oregon State.

Eubanks is projected to go 42nd overall in Draft Express' mock draft for 2018.

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Becky Hammon Turns Down Florida Job To Stay With Spurs

Mar 27, 2017 2:34 PM

Becky Hammon has turned down an offer to become head coach at the University of Florida's women's team to remain with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

While Florida's offer was more than Hammon is receiving with the Spurs, it was in the lower tier for the SEC.

Hammon considered the job for a few days before reaching her decision.

Hammon has long wanted to become the NBA's first female head coach.

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Billy Donovan Denies Meeting With Hoosiers About Job

Mar 26, 2017 12:07 PM

Billy Donovan denied a report that he traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the Indiana University head coaching vacancy.

Indiana has since hired Archie Miller as head coach to replace Tom Crean.

Justin Albers of AlbersAngle.com reported on Friday, citing sources, that Donovan had been in Bloomington that morning.

“Yesterday morning, I was here in practice,” Donovan said. “I was not there. I was here in practice and actually was in a couple meetings, and then went to Russell (Westbrook's) bowling charity last night.”

Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.

“I love it here,” Donovan said at the time. “I love the guys I work with every day. I love our staff, the organization. As far as I’m concerned, my commitment is totally here and doing the best job I can while I’m here.”

Donovan is in his second season as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after leaving the University of Florida.

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Lonzo Ball Announces He'll Leave UCLA For Draft

Mar 25, 2017 11:06 AM

Lonzo Ball announced after UCLA's loss in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky that he will leave the school to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

"That was my final game for UCLA, and I appreciate all the fans and all the support," Ball said.

Ball had widely been expected to leave UCLA after just one season.

Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

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Michael Porter Jr. Commits To Missouri

Mar 24, 2017 5:12 PM

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

Porter had previously signed with Washington but asked for his release after they fired Lorenzo Romar as head coach and his father as assistant coach. 

Porter is the top recruit in the incoming class of 2017 and is widely expected to be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Porter played his final season of high school basketball for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle where he was coached by Brandon Roy.

Missouri hired Cuonzo Martin this month.

"Last week everything changed for me regarding my college basketball decision. Realizing I would no longer have the opportunity to play for Coach Romar, I've taken the past seven days to give great consideration to my future.

"After a lot of thought, prayer, and talking with my family, I'm excited to announce that next year I will be attending the University of Missouri!

"I'm looking forward to the year ahead with Coach Cuonzo and my new teammates... Together we hope to restore the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena."

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Jonathan Isaac Leaves Florida State To Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2017 2:45 PM

Jonathan Isaac has announced his decision to leave Florida State for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Isaac posted his announcement on Instagram while thanking the fans of Florida State.

Isaac is expected to be a top-10 pick as he's one of the more versatile forwards in the draft class.

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Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington

Mar 22, 2017 5:40 PM

Michael Porter Jr. has asked for his release from his letter of intent from the University of Washington. 

Porter is widely considered the top recruit in the country.

The decision was prompted by the firing of coach Lorenzo Romar and parts of his coaching staff, including Porter’s father, Michael Porter Sr.

“I was ready to go to UW and make a big difference,” said Porter Jr. said. “Not saying I won’t still go there, but it was unfortunate. At the same time, it’s exciting to see what God has planned for me…I plan to get that (release) and reopen my options. Washington is definitely still on the list.”

Mike Hopkins was hired to replace Romar. 

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I think I probably will meet with him at some point,” Porter Jr. said of Hopkins.

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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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Ivan Rabb Leaves Cal For NBA Draft
Ivan Rabb is expected to be a first round pick.

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Becky Hammon To Interview For Florida Women's Job
Becky Hammon was hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach in 2014.

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Robert Williams Returning To Texas A&M For Sophomore Season
Robert Williams averaged 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for Texas A&M this season.

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LaVar Ball Not Hurting Lonzo Ball's Draft Stock With NBA Teams
Lonzo Ball is widely expected to be a top-2 pick in the draft and fall no lower than third.

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Grayson Allen Doesn't Regret Staying At Duke Despite Drop In Draft Stock
Grayson Allen likely would have been a first round pick in 2016 after averaging 21.6 points with 42 percent shooting on three-pointers.

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Tom Crean Fired By Indiana
Tom Crean was at Indiana for nine seasons after leaving Marquette.

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Nick Richards Headlines 2017 Nike Hoops Summit World Team Roster
DeAndre Ayton, who is the second ranked player in the 2017 incoming freshman class, is not on the team despite playing last year.

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Omer Yurtseven Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent
Omer Yurtseven was projected by some NBA draft sites as a first-round pick before the season started.

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RealGM Radio: 2017 Mascot Bracket
Host Danny Leroux and his marine biologist sister continue a family tradition of breaking down the full NCAA Tournament bracket by what would happen if the mascots got in a fight.

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LaVar Ball Hoping For $1 Billion Shoe Deal For Three Sons
LaVar Ball hopes to sign his sons to a joint marketing deal with either Nike, Adidas or Under Armour.

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Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina Get No. 1 Seeds
Villanova will defend their title with the top seed in the East.

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LaVar Ball Put Sons On Worst Youth Teams To Develop Game
LaVar Ball said he figured that if Lonzo Ball could win with marginal players, he could win with good ones.

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Monty Williams Uninterested In Illinois Job, Expected To Be NBA Candidate
Monty Williams is working in the Spurs' front office this season and is expected to be one of the NBA's top coaching candidates this offseason.

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Markelle Fultz Declares For 2017 NBA Draft
Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first or second selection in the draft.

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Michael Porter, Wendell Carter Headline USA's 2017 Nike Hoop Summit Team
The USA team for the Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

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NBA Expects To Revisit Age Limit Talks With Union In Near Future
Adam Silver talked about the possibility of the NBA and NBPA revisiting the current age limit for draft entry despite already completing a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Donald Trump Declines ESPN's Invitation To Pick March Madness Bracket
ESPN offered Donald Trump the opportunity to fill out a March Madness bracket this year.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft And More
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News catch up on the prospects in the 2017 Draft and some NBA developments as well.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News catch up on the potential prospects in the 2017 Draft.

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