Apr 12, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
Tad Boyle believes Andre Roberson is receiving "misinformation" that may be influencing the junior forward's thought process.
"There's a lot of misinformation that I can't control — who's talking to him or his family," Boyle said. "I know Andre is a terrific young man. He's got a good head on his shoulders. But there are a lot of things that go into (this decision) in terms of the family and the misinformation.”
Roberson is rated no higher than a second round pick by draft outlets and most NBA scouts.
"Really what it comes down to is risk-reward. ... For Andre, the reward is 'iffy,'” Boyle said. “And the risk is pretty drastic, pretty major. At the end of the day, these guys have that dream (to play in the NBA), and it's a very strong magnet that draws them."
Apr 12, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
Myck Kabongo will bypass his final two years of eligibility at Texas and enter the NBA draft.
Kabongo was suspended 23 games at the start of the season for accepting improper benefits and providing false information to NCAA investigators.
During the 11 games he played, Kabongo averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 37.3 minutes per contest.
Kabongo is projected as a fringe first-round pick.
Apr 11, 2013 9:05 PM EDT
Steve Alford revealed that he has not had any contact with Shabazz Muhammad since being named coach of UCLA last month.
"I have not spoken to him," Alford said. "I've seen everybody else and spoken to everybody else. I've placed some phone calls but I have not been able to touch base with him."
Muhammad has yet to make a formal announcement.
"I'm assuming that it's pretty clear," Alford said. "All projections have him as a lottery pick, so I assume he's going."
Apr 11, 2013 5:08 PM EDT
On condition of anonymity, an NBA scout assessed how Ben McLemore’s skill set will translate to the NBA.
“McLemore is a better version of Ray Allen. He will play shooting guard the way it is supposed to be played,” the talent evaluator said. “The only negative to his game is sometimes he defers. He could definitely use another year in college to learn to take over games.
“Obviously, he had to go (pro),” the scout quickly added. “The draft is only about potential now.”
McLemore’s shooting stroke has drawn raves from NBA observers.
McLemore shot 49.5 percent from the floor, including 42 percent from the three-point line, during his redshirt season at Kansas.
Apr 11, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
The consensus is that Andrew Wiggins would be the No. 1 pick in this year's draft if he were eligible.
“I’ve heard 20 teams say they’d take him right now and start him,” said one NBA scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Wiggins has been heralded as the best amateur prospect since LeBron James.
Apr 11, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
Rick Pitino said that Russ Smith is “50-50″ about returning to Louisville next season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.
Smith’s father said after the national championship game that his son wouldn’t be returning to school for his senior season.
"Russ, I think, is 50-50," Pitino said. "He's a very confused young man in terms of his decision right now. He didn't want his dad to say that about him coming out. He wanted time to think a bit. I talked to him yesterday and I said whatever decision you make, I want you to pray on it, but I'm behind it 100 percent.
"I give him fatherly advice. I'm not telling him to stay. I'm not telling him to leave. I give him facts of what it's all about."
The 6-foot Smith is projected as a possible first round pick in the June draft.
Apr 11, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
Steve Fisher refuted a report that indicated Jamaal Franklin will forgo his senior season at San Diego State and enter the NBA draft.
“I’m disappointed that people wouldn’t be more respectful to call me or talk directly to Jamaal,” Fisher said. “I have talked repeatedly with Jamaal over the past few weeks. We talked earlier today. I talked to him 20 minutes ago. And he hasn’t made any decision.
“I’m continuing to gather information to help him make an educated decision. But he hasn’t made a decision. I’m sure of that.”
Franklin has been projected by some scouts as a mid-to-late first round pick.
Apr 11, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
John Beilen said that Trey Burke, Mitch McGary, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III are currently being reviewed by the NBA draft advisory board.
“We were very proactive and met with them that next morning (after the NCAA title game loss in Atlanta) before we got on the plane to come back,” Beilein said. “I advised them all they should all go the NBA advisory committee and see what they think, so that’s the process right now.”
Beilein said there has been no feedback yet, and it will be confidential when it does come back -- but that will play a large role in the decision-making.
“Let’s find out from the real guys that know it,” Beilein said. “They have been so accurate in the past few years as to what their advice was to our players and many players, so I do trust it.”
Apr 10, 2013 7:06 PM EDT
Andrew Harrison was asked how he would fare against Michael Jordan in his prime.
“I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets,” said Harrison, a top 10 player in the class of 2013. “Yeah, I think I’d get him.”
The 6-foot-5 Harrison predicted he would win the game 11-7.
Harrison has signed to play for Kentucky next season.
Apr 10, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
Michael Carter-Williams is declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft.
"Michael has informed me of his intention to enter the NBA Draft," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement. "He's coming off a tremendous season and we appreciate all he's done for Syracuse basketball. We wish Michael the best of luck as he pursues a pro career."
Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-6 point guard, led the Orange to the Final Four this season and averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 assists in 35.2 minutes per game.
Carter-Williams is projected as a lottery pick in the June draft.
Phil Pressey is projected by some as a mid-second round pick.
Cody Zeller will leave Indiana after two years and enter the NBA draft.
Ben McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season.
Moments after Monday's national championship game, Russ Smith Sr. said that his son, Louisville guard Russ Smith Jr., will leave school early to enter the NBA Draft.
The first-team All-American will make his decision official at a Tuesday news conference.
Tony Snell averaged 12.5 points per game this past season and hit a team-high 64 3-pointers.
Roy Williams provided some optimism that James Michael McAdoo, Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston might return to North Carolina.
Mitch McGary is averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the NCAA tournament.
Trey Burke tries to emulate top point guards like Chris Paul.
Marcus Smart is widely considered to be the top point guard in college basketball.
Andrew Wiggins is expected to announce his college decision later this month.
Steven Adams is projected to be a possible first-round selection in the forthcoming NBA draft.
Rick Pitino has won induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a source.
Deshaun Thomas is projected as a late-first to early-second round pick.
Alex Len is viewed as a long-term project by NBA scouts.
Adonis Thomas will forego his final two years of eligibility at Memphis.
Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker are the top two players in the class of 2013.
Steve Adams has decided to leave Pittsburgh after one season.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self described it as an amicable parting of ways.
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