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NBA Expects To Revisit Age Limit Talks With Union In Near Future

Feb 18, 2017 8:06 PM

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.

"First of all, we absolutely need the union to revisit the current age minimum of 19 years old," said Silver. "But something Michele (Roberts) and I discussed directly, and this is different than last time we negotiated a collective bargaining agreement, is rather than say to you 'talk to us in seven years when we sit back down to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement'. I think she and I both agree it is the kind of issue that needs to be studied in essence outside of the bright lights of collective bargaining. I think both of us, while our traditional positions have been: the league would like to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and at least Michele has stated her position is she would like to lower it from 19 to 18.

"I think there's an acknowledgement that the issue is far more complex than that," Silver continued. "It requires all the constituent groups to be at the table. We have to understand sort of where those players are coming from before they get, in the case of the lottery picks, before they get to that one year of college. How is the AAU system working in practice? How is the high school system (working)? What access do coaches have to them once they're in college under NCAA rules. There's the potential loss of eligibility if we have contact with them at a younger age.

"I think rather than standing here and saying 'the league's goal is to get from 19 to 20.' I think I have a better understanding of the issue now as well, as I talk to some of the young players who are coming into our league who have completed only a portion of their freshman year in college and have a better understanding of what the conditions are for them both academically and their basketball requirements.

"It's one of those issues that doesn't lend itself well to one of 50 issues we're trying to get through in a collective bargaining session, but again, I think both Michele and I agree that it's something we should turn back to right away, partly to have a better understanding."

In the 2005 CBA, the NBA and NBPA raised the age limit to eliminate high school players from the draft.

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Donald Trump Declines ESPN's Invitation To Pick March Madness Bracket

Feb 15, 2017 8:24 PM

Donald Trump will not pick brackets for the 2017 men's and women's tournaments. The White House has notified ESPN that the president will pass on making the picks this year.

The network said in a statement Wednesday: "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined."

The presidential brackets became a tradition in recent years when Barack Obama, an avid basketball fan, agreed to fill them out for the men's and women's tournaments and discuss his picks on SportsCenter.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft And More

Feb 9, 2017 3:39 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News (@Sam_Vecenie) catch up on the prospects in the 2017 Draft and some NBA developments as well.

They discuss the changing point guard responsibilities and how this year’s top prospects fit into that shift, Josh Jackson’s place in the conversation (15:46), the Pelicans’ reported interest in a center (22:16), Jayson Tatum vs. Jonathan Isaac (42:29), some of their favorite players lower in the draft (1:23:35), the Knicks’ drama (1:34:45) and much more.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft

Dec 29, 2016 4:40 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News (@Sam_Vecenie) catch up on the potential prospects in the 2017 Draft as the NCAA moves from non-conference to conference play.

They discuss the which players have improved their stock in non-conference play, whether Markelle Fultz has established himself as the clear-cut top player, the ideal fit for Lonzo Ball and much, much more.

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GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

Dec 22, 2016 11:23 AM

The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz.

Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped from No. 6 to No. 2.

Josh Jackson fell from No. 1 to No. 3 with Malik Monk and Dennis Smith rounding out the top-5. Monk was ranked No. 15 in the previous big board.

1. Markelle Fultz
2. Lonzo Ball
3. Josh Jackson
4. Malik Monk
5. Dennis Smith
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Harry Giles
8. Jonathan Isaac
9. De'Aaron Fox
10. Miles Bridges
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Frank Ntilikina
13. OG Anunoby
14. T.J. Leaf
15. Robert Williams
16. Ivan Rabb
17. Terrance Ferguson
18. Edrice Adebayo
19. Jarrett Allen
20. Marques Bolden

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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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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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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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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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Harry Giles Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery
Harry Giles is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the first game of his high school season a year ago.

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Duke To Hold Two Pro Days, Close All Other Practices To NBA Scouts
Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are anticipated high lottery picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Stacey Augmon To Join Bucks' Coaching Staff
Stacey Augmon has spent the past five seasons as an assistant for UNLV.

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

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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.

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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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