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LeBron James Jr. Has Standing Scholarship Offers From Duke, Kentucky

Jun 20, 2016 4:55 PM

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

Highlights of James Jr. have already surfaced.

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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

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60 College, 13 International Early Entry Candidates For 2016 NBA Draft

Jun 15, 2016 11:47 AM

There are 60 collegiate and 13 international early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2016.

PLAYER, TEAM (COUNTRY*)

Marko Arapovic, Cedevita (Croatia)
Ege Arar, Galatasaray (Turkey)
Edin Atic, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)
Romaric Belemene, Clinicas Rincon (Spain)
Metecan Birsen, Istanbul BSB (Turkey)
Axel Bouteille, Chalon (France)
Ilimane Diop, Laboral Kutxa (Spain)
Youssoupha Fall, Le Mans (France)
Diego Flaccadori, Trento (Italy)
Michael Fusek, Spirou (Belgium)
Marko Guduric, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Egemen Guven, Karsiyaka (Turkey)
Ludvig Hakanson, Sevilla (Spain)
Ognjen Jaramaz, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Alpha Kaba, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Vincent Kesteloot, Aalstar (Belgium)
Emircan Kosut, Efes (Turkey)
Mathias Lessort, Chalon (France)
Luc Loubaki, Orleans (France)
Blaz Mesicek, Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
Aleksej Nikolic, Brose Baskets (Germany)
Adam Pechacek, Koszalin (Poland)
Petar Rakicevic, Metalac (Serbia)
Martynas Sajus, Zalgiris (Lithuania)
Jordan Sakho, Torrelodones (Spain)
Wesley Sena, Bauru (Brazil)
Kenan Sipahi, Karsiyaka (Turkey)
Nik Slavica, Cibona (Croatia)
Rolands Smits, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Emir Sulejmanovic, Barcelona (Spain)
Berk Ugurlu, Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Alexander Vezenkov, Barcelona (Spain)
Santiago Yusta, Obradoiro (Spain)

Following is a list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who remain early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm:

PLAYER, SCHOOL

Rosco Allen, Stanford
Tony Anderson, Southeast Missouri State
Brandon Austin, Northwest Florida State
Wade Baldwin, IV Vanderbilt
Anthony “Cat” Barber, North Carolina State
Malik Beasley, Florida State
DeAndre Bembry, St. Joseph’s
Ben Bentil, Providence
Jaylen Brown, California
Lamous Brown, Utah State U-Eastern (CC)
Kareem Canty, Auburn
Robert Carter Jr., Maryland
Marquese Chriss, Washington
Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Cheick Diallo, Kansas
Kris Dunn, Providence
Henry Ellenson, Marquette
Kay Felder, Oakland
Brannen Greene, Kansas
Daniel Hamilton, Connecticut
Cedric Happi Noube, Virginia Union
Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
Julian Jacobs, USC
Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii
Anthony January, Cal State-San Bernardino
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt
Derrick Jones Jr., UNLV
Nikola Jovanovic, USC
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Jermaine Lawrence, Manhattan
Thon Maker, Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute
Emmanuel Malou, Yuba CC (CA)
Patrick McCaw, UNLV
Zak McLaughlin, Gadsden State CC (AL)
Dejounte Murray, Washington
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Mamadou Ndiaye, UC-Irvine
Chris Obekpa, St. John’s
Goodluck Okonoboh, UNLV
Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Tim Quarterman, LSU
Jalen Reynolds, Xavier
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas
Ingrid Sewa, Arizona Western College (CC)
Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State
Ben Simmons, LSU
Diamond Stone, Maryland
Isaiah Taylor, Texas
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Aaron Valdes, Hawaii
James Webb III, Boise State
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall
Devin Williams, West Virginia
Troy Williams, Indiana
Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV

Following is a list of international players who remain early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm:

PLAYER, TEAM (COUNTRY*)

Gracin Bakumanya, Antibes (France)
Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Isaia Cordinier, Denain (France)
Petr Cornelie, Le Mans (France)
Juancho Hernangomez, Estudiantes (Spain)
Furkan Korkmaz, Efes (Turkey)
Timothe Luwawu, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Georgios Papagiannis, Panathinaikos (Greece)
Zhou Qi, Xinjiang (China)
Guerschon Yabusele, Rouen (France)
Rade Zagorac, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Ante Zizic, Cibona (Croatia)
Ivica Zubac, Mega Leks (Serbia)

*Country indicates where team plays, not country of player’s nationality

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Terrance Ferguson Won't Play At Arizona, Will Go Overseas

Jun 6, 2016 4:38 PM

Terrance Ferguson is expected to play overseas rather than enrolling at Arizona as a freshman.

Ferguson is a top-20 player in the incoming class of 2016.

Ferguson is also expected to sign a shoe deal with Under Armour.

Ferguson's high school, Advanced Preparatory International in Dallas, is an offshoot of the former Prime Prep Academy that Emmanuel Mudiay attended.

Jerry Meyer/247Sports

Tags: Terrance Ferguson, Arizona Wildcats, NCAA, International

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Jarrett Allen Signs With Texas

Jun 3, 2016 12:01 PM

Jarrett Allen has signed his scholarship papers with Texas.

Allen, a standout at nearby Austin (Tex.) St. Stephen's Episcopal, was recruited by a host of high majors, but ultimately chose Texas over Houston and Kansas.

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

 

Evan Daniels/Scout.com

Tags: Jarrett Allen, Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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57 Early Entry College Players Withdraw From 2016 NBA Draft

May 26, 2016 8:54 PM

Fifty-seven players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 13, 2016, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The following 57 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2016 NBA Draft: 

Player, School

Abdul-Malik Abu, North Carolina State

BeeJay Anya, North Carolina State

Ian Baker, New Mexico State

V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana

Antonio Blakeney, LSU

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

Amida Brimah, Connecticut

Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Elijah Brown, New Mexico

Deonte Burton, Iowa State

Antonio Campbell, Ohio

Conor Clifford, Washington State

Charles Cooke III, Dayton

Bakari Copeland, Maryland-Eastern Shore

Moustapha Diagne, Northwest Florida State

Tyler Dorsey, Oregon

D’Andre Downey, Stillman College (AL)

Vince Edwards, Purdue

Jimmy Hall, Kent State

Josh Hart, Villanova

Josh Hawkinson, Washington State

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Ike Iroegbu, Washington State

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Kris Jenkins, Villanova

Que Johnson, Washington State

Peter Jok, Iowa

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Travion Kirkendoll, Centenary College (LA)

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

Marcus Lee, Kentucky

Makai Mason, Yale

Jahmal McMurray, South Florida

Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina

Dallas Moore, North Florida

Jalen Moore, Utah State

Tyrell Nelson, Gardner-Webb

Malik Newman, Mississippi State

Marc-Eddy Norelia, Florida Gulf Coast

Cameron Oliver, Nevada

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

QJ Peterson, VMI

Malik Pope, San Diego State

Rodney Purvis, Connecticut

Corey Sanders Jr., Rutgers

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Rakish Taylor, Anderson University (SC)

Ethan Telfair, Idaho State

Trevor Thompson, Ohio State

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Maurice Watson Jr., Creighton

Andrew White III, Nebraska

Alec Wintering, Portland

Zeek Woodley, Northwestern State

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Isaiah Briscoe Returning To Kentucky, Marcus Lee Transferring

May 25, 2016 3:03 PM

Isaiah Briscoe announced he will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, and junior Marcus Lee has decided to transfer after also withdrawing from the NBA draft.

Briscoe was not invited to the combine after making just five of his 37 three-point attempts.

"I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams," Briscoe said in a statement released by the university on Wednesday. "I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I'm returning to build on last year. There's no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both."

Briscoe likely would have been a late second rounder or gone undrafted.

Lee, who averaged 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds along with 59 blocks, told the school that he wants to be closer to his family, John Calipari said. Lee is from Antioch, California outside of San Francisco.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Briscoe, Marcus Lee, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals, NCAA Transfer

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Marques Bolden Commits To Duke Over Kentucky

May 19, 2016 3:20 PM

Marques Bolden has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

Bolden is ranked No. 16 in the incoming freshman class.

"I am happy this is over with," Bolden said. "You could tell this was a very difficult decision for me because it took so long. I was looking for the perfect situation and I realized that's not going to happen. I did not want to regret my decision that's why I took so long. It's the biggest decision in my life so far."

 

Bolden is the second ranked center in the class.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Marques Bolden, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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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.

C.J. Brown/ESPN

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Cal's Ivan Rabb Will Return to School, Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft

Apr 26, 2016 11:55 AM

University of California freshman big man Ivan Rabb has elected not to enter the 2016 NBA Draft and will instead return to school for his sophomore season.

He was projected in the #12-20 range by reputable draft sites, per Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.

Rabb averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 2015-16.

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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
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.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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.

Rob Dauster/College Basketball Talk

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

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Josh Jackson Commits To Kansas
Josh Jackson has committed to Kansas.

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Josh Jackson To Announce College Decision On Monday
Josh Jackson is down to Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas.

Jason Jordan/USA Today

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

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Georgia Tech Hires Josh Pastner
Josh Pastner and Memphis were in a stalemate on his contract as the school wanted to move on.

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Jay Wright Plans To Remain At Villanova Amid NBA Interest
Jay Wright was linked to the Suns this week after winning the national championship.

Dana O'Neil/ESPN

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

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jay Wright Reportedly Suns' Top Target For Head Coach
The Suns fired Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break and Earl Watson is serving as interim head coach.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

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

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Grayson Allen Staying At Duke For Junior Season
Grayson Allen was a third-team AP All-American as a sophomore.

Laura Keeley/News and Observer

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.

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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.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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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Dunc'd On Pod: NCAA Championship With Gonzaga Director Of Analytics Riccardo Fois
Recapping Villanova's thrilling 77-74 win over North Carolina with Gonzaga Director of Analytics Riccardo Fois

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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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