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Jon Isaac Pursuing Entering Draft Straight From Prep School

Feb 8, 2016 1:16 PM

Jon Isaac will explore declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft directly from prep school.

Isaac is a 6'10 small forward from IMG Academy and expects to take advantage of a new rule allowing prospects to enter the NBA Draft and return to college if they don't feel good about their projected draft position.

Isaac, 18, and IMG officials expect that he’ll be eligible for the 2016 NBA draft because he started high school in 2011.

Isaac is ranked No. 9 overall in the incoming 2016 class and is a Florida State commit.

Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Jonathan Isaac, Florida State Seminoles, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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January PER Of Top-12 Prospects For 2016 NBA Draft

Feb 4, 2016 12:37 PM

The following are the month-by-month PER of the current top-12 prospects of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Overall PER / January PER / December PER / November PER

Ben Simmons: 28.5 / 25.8 / 35.3 / 27.0

Brandon Ingram: 23.1 / 23.9 / 29.7 / 16.4

Skal Labissiere: 17.2 / 16.0 / 7.4 / 23.1

Dragan Bender: 13.4 / -7.0 / 15.3 / 18.0

Jaylen Brown: 19.0 / 21.7 / 12.8 / 21.9

Kris Dunn: 24.8 / 20.9 / 29.0 / 30.1

Jamal Murray: 17.6 / 19.8 / 15.1 / 16.0

Henry Ellenson: 19.4 / 18.6 / 23.7 / 18.0

Jakob Poeltl: 29.1 / 24.5 / 29.1 / 36.9

Cheick Diallo: 19.6 / 17.8 / 21.7 / NA

Diamond Stone: 27.7 / 26.4 / 33.0 / 21.5

Ivan Rabb: 23.0 / 19.3 / 23.4 / 29.6

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Withdrawal Date For NBA Draft Pushed Back

Jan 14, 2016 1:21 AM

The NCAA Division I council has agreed to push back the date when men's basketball players must remove their names from the NBA draft until late May.

The decision goes into effect this year.

The rule change reverses a 2009 decision that had moved the date to the day before the spring signing period in early April.


This move allows players more time to gather information before making a decision.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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John Calipari Seeks 10-Year, $120M Contract For NBA Return

Jan 11, 2016 11:11 AM

For NBA teams interested in hiring John Calipari, they have been told his asking price is 10 years and $120 million.

Calipari currently earns $8 million to $9 million per season at Kentucky and wouldn't leave that job for just an incremental raise.

Calipari turned down a 10-year, $80 million-plus offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and he told the Sacramento Kings last spring it would take an offer with an annual average of more than $11 million.

The offer from the Cavaliers serves as a baseline and he seeks the $12 million per season Phil Jackson makes from the New York Knicks.

Calipari has also been linked to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets hired Calipari in the 1990s with a five-year, $15 million contract when he came from UMass.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets' Brett Yormark Remains Proponent Of John Calipari

Jan 10, 2016 6:51 PM

Brett Yormark is expected to have influence in the Brooklyn Nets' general manager search.

Yormark remains an ally of John Calipari since his late 1990s tenure as president and head coach.

Yormark has remained a proponent of making a large offer to bring Calipari back to the Nets in a dual role as president and head coach.

Since his difficult tenure with the Nets, Calipari has had great success back in college at Memphis and Kentucky.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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December PER Of Top-10 2016 NBA Draft Prospects

Dec 31, 2015 11:56 AM

The following are the month-by-month PER of the current top-10 prospects of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Overall PER / December PER / November PER

Ben Simmons: 31.0 / 35.3 / 27.0

Brandon Ingram: 23.7 / 29.7 / 16.4

Skal Labissiere: 17.6 / 7.4 / 23.1

Dragan Bender: 13.1 / 15.3 / 18.0

Jaylen Brown: 16.8 / 12.8 / 21.9

Kris Dunn: 29.1 / 27.3 / 30.0

Jamal Murray: 15.6 / 15.1 / 16.0

Henry Ellenson: 21.0 / 23.7 / 18.0

Jakob Poeltl: 32.5 / 29.1 / 36.9

Cheick Diallo: 21.7 / 21.7 / NA

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Bo Ryan Retires Effective Immediately

Dec 16, 2015 1:52 PM

Bo Ryan announced his retirement, effective immediately, following Wisconsin's win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

"After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin," Ryan said in a statement released after the game.

Ryan led Wisconsin to the National Championship Game last season.

Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, had said in a statement in June that he would coach this season and then step down.

Greg Gard will take over as interim head coach.

"This was a decision months in the making," Ryan said. "I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me to take some time to think it over, and I appreciated that. But in recent weeks, I have come to the conclusion that now is the right time for me to retire and for Greg Gard to have the opportunity to coach the team for the remainder of the season. I discussed this with Barry, and I appreciate him giving me the space to make this decision."


Tags: Wisconsin Badgers, NCAA

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Russell Westbrook Gives Largest Contribution To UCLA By Former Basketball Player

Dec 14, 2015 11:51 AM

UCLA will name the floor of the Men's Basketball practice facility Russell Westbrook Court after his significant financial contribution.

The gift is the largest by a former basketball student-athlete in UCLA history.

"Russell isn’t merely a dominant force in the NBA, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the community as well,” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “While his Why Not? Foundation’s mission is to inspire the lives of children and teach them to never give up, the fact of the matter is, having witnessed firsthand and from afar his growth over the years, Russell himself is an inspiration. We could not be more proud of his leadership both on and off the court since he left Westwood, and I know the Bruin faithful will be excited to welcome him back home next month and thank him for this tremendous gift.”

Westbrook played two seasons at UCLA.

"I loved my time at UCLA and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” said Westbrook. “I am truly honored to be part of the legacy that is Bruin basketball.”

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NBA

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LeBron Okay With Ben Simmons' Comparisons

Dec 5, 2015 4:01 PM

Ben Simmons has been compared to LeBron James with his abilities as a passer despite having the height of a forward.

James doesn't mind the comparison.

"I don't mind it," James said Friday. "Someone's going to be compared to someone all the time, and I don't mind him being compared to me. People not only recognizing what he does on the floor, but he's a great kid, too. He has a great family, great support system, and that's why he's able to do what he [does] on the floor."

"He's one of the best players in the world that's played the game," Simmons said in an interview with ESPN. "I just try to take little parts of his game and put it into mine. His size is one of the things that I look at. I'm 6-10, and he's right at 6-8 or 6-9, and I just try and fit what he does into my game."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Ben Simmons, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Draft Express Moves Ben Simmons To No. 1, Brandon Ingram To No. 2

Dec 4, 2015 12:09 PM

Draft Express has moved Ben Simmons to the top position in their mock draft for 2016 while Brandon Ingram moved up to second and Skal Labissiere dropped to third.

Labissiere had been in the first slot in the Draft Express mock draft since April.

Dragan Bender is currently No. 4 with Jaylen Brown rounding out the top-5.

Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Henry Ellenson, Jakob Poeltl and Cheick Diallo rank 6th through 10th.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Mock Drafts

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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016
Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Ben Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA
Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

Chad FordESPN

Kings Could Make Another Run At John Calipari
Vivek Ranadive remains interested in hiring John Calipari as head coach for the Kings.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

Report: Ranadive Has Interest In Nancy Lieberman As Interim If George Karl Fired
If the Kings decide to cut ties with George Karl during the season, Vivek Ranadive has interest in promoting Nancy Lieberman and then pursuing John Calipari in the spring.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

No. 5 Recruit Malik Monk Commits To Kentucky
Malik Monk is a 6'3 shooting guard and an electrifying athlete.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo Commits To Kentucky
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, ranked No. 6 in the ESPN 100, will attend Kentucky.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Harry Giles Tears ACL In Right Knee
Harry Giles is considered the top recruit of the 2016 incoming freshman class.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Krzyzewski Calls Himself 'Leader Of Corporation, Program'
Mike Krzyzewski has been head coach of Duke since 1980 and makes nearly $10 million per season.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Skal Labissiere Cleared By NCAA To Play For Kentucky
Skal Labissiere is projected as a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

John Calipari Seeking USA Basketball Head Coach Job
One person familiar with John Calipari's motives said he views the opportunity as "the recruiting tool of all recruiting tools."

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Mike Krzyzewski To Step Down As USA Coach After 2016 Olympics
A succession plan to replace Mike Krzyzewski will be put in place before the Games next summer.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Ben Simmons Has 41.5-Inch Vertical During LSU's Combine
Ben Simmons has also added 11 pounds since late June.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky
Skal Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Louisville, NCAA Investigating Claims Of Escort Use In Recruiting
The book contends that a woman was hired repeatedly by Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during recruits' campus visits.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Wenyen Gabriel Commits To Kentucky
Wenyen Gabriel is more of a prototypical stretch-4 but even could see time at small forward at Kentucky.

Adam Finkelstein/ESPN

NCAA Bans SMU From 2016 Postseason, Larry Brown Suspended Nine Games
Part of the investigation at SMU stemmed from whether Ulric Maligi helped Keith Frazier to become eligible to play there.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Draymond Green Donates $3.1M To Michigan State
Draymond Green recently signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Warriors.

Joe Rexrode/Detroit Free Press

Early Season NCAA Tournaments For 15-16
RealGM has updated the brackets and schedules for every early season tournament of the 2015-16 college basketball season.

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Frank Jackson Commits To Duke
Frank Jackson is currently ranked 14th by ESPN on their Top 100 recruits of the class.

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