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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016

Nov 24, 2015 12:46 PM

Ben Simmons ranks No. 1 on ESPN's Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Anyone that doesn't have Simmons No. 1 [on their draft board] should be fired," one longtime GM with a great draft track record told ESPN on Monday.

Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

"You don't find players his size, with his elite athletic ability that see the game the way he sees the game," one GM said. "He's unselfish to a fault. He's always trying to make the right play. And he's just scratching the surface. Look at how the other freshmen are faring right now. It takes a while to adjust. What does his box score start looking like when he adjusts?"

The main concern with Simmons is his jumper and whether that may make a team pass on him at No. 1 was asked.

"Not a chance," one GM said. "He does everything else well. He's not a bad shooter. It won't stop anyone from taking him No. 1."

Skal Labissiere, Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown could all compete for the No. 1 spot.

"Towns, Mudiay and Porzingis were always in the mix last year," one GM said. "There was plenty of debate. There just isn't any real debate with my scouts about Simmons right now. He's way ahead of those guys. He's going to have to struggle and those guys are going to have to get a lot better."

Labissiere has ranked No. 1 on the Draft Express' Big Board since last April.


Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA

Nov 23, 2015 1:20 PM

Duke players who come to the NBA often have a big adjustment to make in terms of defense due to how Mike Krzyzewski teaches that side of the floor.

Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

"I have had several GMs who have drafted young Duke players tell me that the learning curve between the sort of defense Coach K teaches at Duke and what they're required to play at the NBA level is pretty steep," wrote Chad Ford.

Chad FordESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kings Could Make Another Run At John Calipari

Nov 20, 2015 1:44 PM

Vivek Ranadive remains interested in hiring John Calipari as head coach for the Sacramento Kings.

Without a dramatic turnaround in on-floor results and locker room chemistry, George Karl is unlikely to remain head coach beyond current season.

"Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse."

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

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

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Report: Ranadive Has Interest In Nancy Lieberman As Interim If George Karl Fired

Nov 20, 2015 1:08 PM

The Sacramento Kings continue to have a situation of turmoil and instability with George Karl battling DeMarcus Cousins.

"The belief still is it’s a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

"If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé – or sources say – he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history. Vlade Divac, the GM is more inclined to fill with Corliss Williamson for the remainder of the season.

"But Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

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

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No. 5 Recruit Malik Monk Commits To Kentucky

Nov 18, 2015 6:58 PM

Kentucky has received a commitment from Malik Monk, who was ranked No. 5 by ESPN.

Monk, a native of Bentonville, Arkansas, had been the focus of a long recruiting battle between Kentucky and the in-state Razorbacks.

"This has been the toughest decision I have made in my life," Monk said in the statement. "With so many great coaches and historical programs recruiting me, it has really been a tough but fun process."

Monk is a 6'3 shooting guard and an electrifying athlete.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Malik Monk, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Edrice "Bam" Adebayo Commits To Kentucky

Nov 17, 2015 11:28 AM

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

"They're a winning program with a great all-around environment," Adebayo said. "I just like the staff, and I like Coach Cal [John Calipari]."

Adebayo also strongly considered NC State and Auburn.

Adebayo joins a Kentucky class that has now vaulted past Michigan State to become No. 2 in the country, behind only Duke. In addition to point guard De'Aaron Fox (No. 7 in the ESPN 100), Adebayo joins front-line pieces Wenyen Gabriel (No. 23) and Sacha Killeya-Jones (No. 31) in what projects to be a loaded young frontcourt.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Edrice Adebayo, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Harry Giles Commits To Duke

Nov 6, 2015 12:50 PM

Harry Giles has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

Giles suffered a partially torn right ACL this week and had previously torn the ACL in his left knee.

Giles is rated as the No. 1 recruit in the 2016 class by ESPN.

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

"We were roommates in USA Basketball this past season," Tatum told ESPN. "When you spend over 30 days together, you either grow closer or apart. We got closer."


Jeff Capel was key in the recruitment of Giles.

"Jeff built a great relationship with Harry and that was key," Oak Hill assistant coach Cory Alexander said.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Harry Giles, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Harry Giles Tears ACL In Right Knee

Nov 5, 2015 12:12 PM

Harry Giles has suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 15-16 high school season.

Giles is considered the top recruit of the 2016 incoming freshman class.

Giles Jr., said his son still plans to announce his decision on what school he'll attend, on Friday from Oak Hill Academy (Virginia).

The four schools still involved with Giles' recruitment are Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Harry Giles, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Krzyzewski Calls Himself 'Leader Of Corporation, Program'

Oct 28, 2015 12:16 PM

Mike Krzyzewski was asked by Andy Katz about the responsibility of a college basketball coach in light of the issues that have faced Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino and Larry Brown.

"I know as a leader of a corporation and program, I am ultimately responsible," said Krzyzewski. That's the way it is. At West Point, I learned that the commander is responsible and the CEO is responsible and the president and the head coach are responsible."

Krzyzewski has been head coach of Duke since 1980 and makes nearly $10 million per season.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA

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Skal Labissiere Cleared By NCAA To Play For Kentucky

Oct 23, 2015 8:07 PM

Skal Labissiere has been deemed eligible by the NCAA to play in the upcoming 2015-16 season for Kentucky.

Labissiere received paperwork clearance on Friday after the NCAA had investigated him for his relationship with his Memphis-based guardian Gerald Hamilton.

Labissiere is projected as a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

John Calipari has said he was unworried about Labissiere's eligibility ruling and expected him to play once the Wildcats started the season on Nov. 13.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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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.

Ricky O'Donnell/SB Nation

ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016
Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Sacha Killeya-Jones Commits To Kentucky
Sacha Killeya-Jones is a 6-foot-11 recruit who decommitted from Virginia on June 2 and is ranked No. 56 by ESPN.

Mustapha Heron Commits To Auburn
Mustapha Heron has committed to Auburn, choosing the Tigers over Mississippi State, Marquette, Alabama, SMU and St. John's.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

Maria Guardado/Star Ledger

Harry Giles Narrows List To UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest
Harry Giles is the number one recruit in the class of 2016.

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Tyus Battle Commits To Michigan
Tyus Battle had previously committed to Michigan.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Jayson Tatum Commits To Duke
Jayson Tatum is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2016.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Kings Interested In Hiring John Calipari
John Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings' ownership group in recent weeks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bo Ryan To Retire As Wisconsin Head Coach After 15-16 Season
Bo Ryan's hope is that longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him in Madison.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jamal Murray Commits To Kentucky
Jamal Murray also strongly considered Oregon.

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