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Jackson, Fultz, Ball, Smith, Giles Comprise Chad Ford's Top 100

Nov 29, 2016 1:21 PM

Josh Jackson ranks first in Chad Ford's Top 100 for the 2017 NBA Draft ahead of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.

Dennis Smith, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-10.

Draft Express has Fultz, Smith, Tatum, Jackson and Giles as their top-5 in that order.

1. Josh Jackson
2. Markelle Fultz
3. Lonzo Ball
4. Dennis Smith
5. Harry Giles
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Jonathan Isaac
8. Malik Monk
9. Miles Bridges
10. Frank Ntilikina
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Ivan Rabb
13. De'Aaron Fox
14. OG Anunoby
15. Jarrett Allen
16. Edrice Adebayo
17. Marques Bolden
18. Tony Bradley
19. Omer Yurtseven
20. Terrance Ferguson

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No. 3 Recruit Wendell Carter Commits To Duke

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 PM

Wendell Carter has committed to Duke as a member of the 2017 incoming class.

Carter chose the Blue Devils over in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Harvard. 

Carter, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pace Academy (Georgia), is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 100 for 2017.

Carter won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 U17 World Championship. 

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Tags: Wendell Carter, Jr., Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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No. 3 PG Quade Green Commits To Kentucky

Nov 20, 2016 11:12 AM

Quade Green has committed to Kentucky, choosing John Calipari's team over Syracuse.

The Orange hosted Green on at least four visits since the summer, but Green was impressed with Kentucky when he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness. 

Green is ranked No. 22 in the incoming class of 2017 and the No. 3 point guard.

Kentucky badly needed guards in the 2017 class, with freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe all potentially leaving for the NBA draft next spring.

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Tags: Quade Green, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Kris Wilkes Commits To UCLA

Nov 13, 2016 6:58 PM

Kris Wilkes has committed to UCLA for the incoming class of 2017.

Wilkes, a 6'7 small forward, is ranked No. 14 in his class by ESPN and picked the Bruins over Indiana and Illinois. 

"I felt the most comfortable when I went down and felt it was a great school," Wilkes told ESPN.

Wilkes joins a recruiting class that was ranked No. 4 in the country heading into the weekend. He's the fifth member of the group, following three ESPN 100 prospects -- point guard Jaylen Hands (No. 31), power forward Cody Riley (No. 45) and center Jalen Hill (No. 50) -- and three-star shooting guard LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of UCLA star freshman Lonzo.

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Tags: Kris Wilkes, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Bill Self: Josh Jackson Has Great IQ Both On, Off Court

Nov 8, 2016 3:01 PM

Josh Jackson is considered one of the more mature prospects of the 2017 NBA Draft class. Jackson is a wing but has many point guard style attributes with his vision and passing.

Bill Self describes Jackson as a "very deep thinker, ridiculously bright and articulate."

"He has a great IQ both on the court and off the court," Self says. "It's way, way, way beyond his years."

Jackson also has a love for chess.

"I like thinking games," Jackson said.

"Chess forces you to think about the decisions you're making before you make them, after you make them. Just being able to think before you move, think about what happens if you do this or do that."

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Tags: Josh Jackson, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Harry Giles Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery

Oct 3, 2016 1:47 PM

Harry Giles has undergone knee surgery and will be out for six weeks.

Giles is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the first game of his high school season a year ago.

Giles is a freshman at Duke and considered one of the top picks in the 2017 NBA Draft class if he's healthy.

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Tags: Harry Giles, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Duke To Hold Two Pro Days, Close All Other Practices To NBA Scouts

Sep 14, 2016 10:20 AM

Mike Krzyzewski is barring NBA teams from scouting Duke's practices this season except for two pro days scheduled in October.

NBA executives were extended invitations to pro days on Oct. 19 and 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“All other practices will be closed,” Duke told teams in an email.

NBA executives and scouts are free to scout any and all college games.

John Calipari instituted consecutive preseason pro days in October for his program, although those have been held on back-to-back days, which allow team executives to make a single trip. 

Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are anticipated high lottery picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

 

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Tags: Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Prospects With Sam Vecenie

Sep 12, 2016 12:55 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) go in-depth on the 2017, 2018 and 2016 draft classes.

They discuss the 2017 class’ strong group of point guards (1:42), big men (38:53), forwards (44:58), an early look at the 2018 group (58:35), insights from Summer League (1:12:02) and much more.

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Stacey Augmon To Join Bucks' Coaching Staff

Sep 7, 2016 11:24 AM

Stacey Augmon is close to joining the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching staff.

Augmon worked with the Bucks' Summer League team this year.

Augmon has spent the past five seasons as an assistant for UNLV.

Augmon had hoped to be considered for the UNLV head-coaching job after the departure of Dave Rice and expressed "disappointment" to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was passed over for the job. The position first ‎went to Chris Beard, then was given to Marvin Menzies after Beard lasted only a week before taking the job at Texas Tech.

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeAndre Ayton Commits To Arizona

Sep 6, 2016 6:36 PM

DeAndre Ayton has committed to Arizona for the incoming class of 2017.

Ayton is widely considered the No. 1 prospect of the 2017 class and is expected to be the first overall pick in 2018.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Ayton, Arizona Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Mike Bibby Jr. Commits To South Florida
Mike Bibby Jr. is a 6'3 guard who can handle the ball and also run the offense.

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ESPN's NBA Draft Big Board Top-15 Includes 12 Freshmen
Josh Jackson, Harry Giles and Markelle Fultz headline ESPN's first Big Board for the 2017 NBA Draft class.

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Dennis Smith '110 Percent' Healthy After Tearing ACL
Draft Express currently projects Dennis Smith as the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Larry Brown Steps Down As Head Coach Of SMU
Larry Brown reportedly wanted a long-term extension.

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Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt Dies At Age 64
Pat Summitt led Tennessee to 1,098 wins, the most in Division 1 college basketball history, men or women.

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LeBron James Jr. Has Standing Scholarship Offers From Duke, Kentucky
LeBron James Jr., who is just 11 years old, has standing scholarship offers from both Duke and Kentucky, according to a source.

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60 College, 13 International Early Entry Candidates For 2016 NBA Draft
Jamal Murray is one of 60 collegiate early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Terrance Ferguson Won't Play At Arizona, Will Go Overseas
Terrance Ferguson is a top-20 player in the incoming class of 2016.

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Jarrett Allen Signs With Texas
Jarrett Allen is considered the third ranked center in the incoming class of 2016 and 15th overall.

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57 Early Entry College Players Withdraw From 2016 NBA Draft
Kris Jenkins, Caleb Swanigan and Malik Pope are amongst three of 57 players to withdraw from the draft.

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Isaiah Briscoe Returning To Kentucky, Marcus Lee Transferring
Isaiah Briscoe likely would have been a late second rounder or gone undrafted.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Marques Bolden Commits To Duke Over Kentucky
Marques Bolden is the second ranked center in the class.

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Kennedy Meeks Withdraws From NBA Draft, Staying At North Carolina
Kennedy 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.

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Cal's Ivan Rabb Will Return to School, Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft
Rabb was a likely lottery pick in 2016 and will return to Cal for his sophomore season.

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Jaylen Brown Leaves Cal For NBA Draft
Jaylen Brown is expected to be a lottery pick.

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Dedric Lawson Declares For NBA Draft
Dedric Lawson averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds as a freshman at Memphis.

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

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Kyle Goon/Salt Lake Tribune

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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Gheorge Muresan's Son Commits To Georgetown As Walk-On
George Muresan is 6'9 and was recruited by a handful of mid-major programs in the D.C. area.

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