Jul 31, 2014 1:23 AM EDT
After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.
Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Jones has hired agent Charles Briscoe for represenation.
The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League.
Jones, 21, transferred to Texas A&M after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss (2011-12) and Lee College (2012-13).
Jul 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT
Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday.
Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon.
In his junior season, Mayo was Marquette’s third-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 guard played 30 games a season ago and was expected to emerge as a starter in 2014-15.
Mayo, 23, has received support from his family and the university in deciding to leave school. Marquette officials are expected to make an official announcement within the coming days.
Todd and O.J. Mayo reunited in Milwaukee last season, when O.J. averaged 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in his first year with the Bucks.
Jul 22, 2014 10:54 AM EDT
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association.
Mudiay committed to SMU, but concerns of his eligibilty became an issue this month.
Mudiay is expected to be a top lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Sportando first reported news of the agreement.
Jul 14, 2014 1:35 PM EDT
Emmanuel Mudiay is considering hiring an agent and signing overseas.
Mudiay committed to SMU, but he may not be eligible to play his freshman season due to amateurism concerns.
The Chinese Basketball Association has been discussed as a possible destination for Mudiay, a native of the Congo.
Mudiay is expected to be a high lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Jul 08, 2014 11:33 PM EDT
Andrew Wiggins has reached a deal with Adidas on a shoe and apparel deal.
ESPN's Darren Rovell, however, reports that the deal comes with a guarantee of at least $2 million annually.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports previously reported the contract as being worth close to $100 million over 10 years, but that Tweet was subsequently deleted. Spears later reported that it is a five-year deal worth approximately $12 million to $13 million.
Wiggins played one season at Kansas, which is an Adidas school.
Wiggins joins Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Tim Duncan, Joakim Noah and Candace Parker as their primary endorsers in basketball.
Jun 30, 2014 4:26 PM EDT
Jalen Adams has committed to Connecticut as a member of the 2015 class.
The 6-foot-2 guard chose the Huskies over a narrowed list of Louisville and Kansas. He joins fellow guard William Jackson as members of the 2015 recruiting class.
Adams is rated as a four-star prospect by every major scouting service.
Jun 25, 2014 6:58 PM EDT
Shabazz Napier led the Connecticut Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title in April, but he also earned his degree from UConn this spring. Napier will be drafted into the NBA on Thursday.
"I’ll tell you something that’s funny and people may think is weird -- I feel as though me walking across the stage for my graduation was more important than me winning a national championship,” Napier said Wednesday. "That put the icing on the cake for me, to have my degree is something that I always worked to. It’s definitely cool to be here, but I stayed my fourth year just to get my degree."
Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.
"At the end of the day I was always told that basketball can bring you many places, which is true, but you can probably only play competitive basketball until you are 40 or so,” Napier recalled. "My mother always told me that education is always going to stay with you, no matter what happens. God forbid anything happen to you on the basketball court, your education will always stay with you."
Jun 14, 2014 5:40 PM EDT
Tyler Dorsey has decommitted from Arizona.
Dorsey wants to be a point guard, but some believe he is better suited as a shooting guard.
Dorsey committed to Arizona in January and is ranked No. 12 in the incoming class of 2015.
Dinos Trigonis said he expects schools like UConn, Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Louisville, Texas, SMU, UNLV, Marquette, St. John's, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State and Tulsa to get involved now that Dorsey is back on the market
Jun 11, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
Antooine Mason will transfer from Niagara to Auburn.
Mason, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 25.6 points last season, will be eligible this season for Pearl and the Tigers due to the NCAA's transfer rule, which allows players who have graduated and have eligibility remaining to be able to play immediately.
Mason is the son of Anthony Mason.
Mason chose Auburn over Providence.
"It was a tough decision," Mason told ESPN.com. "It came down to intangibles."
Mason is the third transfer Pearl and his staff have added since he took over for Tony Barbee.
Jun 09, 2014 11:47 AM EDT
Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy.
Sources say that nobody connected to the process believes he is comfortable enough to make the leap from Florida to the Cavaliers.
Donovan accepted a head coaching position with the Orlando Magic in 2007, but quickly decided to change his mind to remain at Florida.
The strength of John Calipari's team at Kentucky entering the 14-15 season played in a role in not leaving for the NBA.
John Calipari would have had final say on all personnel decisions as president and head coach of the Cavaliers.
John Calipari made $5.2 million annually under the old deal and will average $7.5 million under the new one.
Tom Izzo appears to have seriously considered the Wolves' head coaching vacancy.
Rashad McCants told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote his term papers and he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC.
Larry Brown is currently head coach at SMU, while Scott Skiles was most recently with the Bucks.
Shane Battier has agreed to join ESPN next season as a college basketball analyst on a multi-year deal.
Jeff Bower will leave his job as head coach at Marist College to rejoin the NBA.
Danuel House will be transferring from Houston to Texas A&M
Moustapha Diagne has committed to Syracuse as a member of the 2015 class
Billy Donovan is likely to remain at Florida.
Shelton Mitchell has committed to Vanderbilt as a member of the 2014 incoming class
Ahmaad Rorie has committed to Oregon as a member of the 2014 incoming class
Tariq Owens has committed to Tennessee as a member of the 2014 incoming class
May 22, 2014 | Mark Long/AP
Billy Donovan has received calls from a few NBA teams about head coaching positions.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has decided to attend Kansas.
Ricky Kreklow will transfer from Cal to Creighton for his final season of eligibility
Hallice Cooke will transfer from Oregon State to Iowa State for his final three years of eligibility
Kevin Ollie had received interest from NBA teams.
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