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The following 57 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2016 NBA Draft: 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

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76ers To Expand Workouts For No. 1 Pick Beyond Simmons, Ingram

May 23, 2016 11:22 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will work out multiple prospects as they consider their options with the first overall pick.

The 76ers are widely expected to pick between Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons, but they expect to also work out Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray.

Philadelphia is also considering offering invitations to Buddy Hield and Dragan Bender.

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League Office Reviewing Draft Combine Measurements

May 21, 2016 12:19 PM

The NBA league office is reviewing the measurements from this year's draft combine.

There were several players who had significantly different results in their standing reach than previous times they were tested.

For example, Jaylen Brown's standing reach was three inches shorter than it was at the Nike Hoop Summit a year ago.

“Please note that there were variances with the standing reach measurements for several players in comparison to prior recorded measurements. As a result, the unofficial anthropometric measurements and strength and agility testing results (currently available on nba.com) are under review. The official measurements and testing results will be released as soon as the internal review is complete.”

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Scout: Dragan Bender More Advanced At 18 Than Porzingis

May 20, 2016 11:52 AM

Dragan Bender probably has the best shot of pulling a draft upset and being selected ahead of either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram.

Bender has a recent small sample size with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but he's younger than most freshman and has been playing against players more than a decade older than him.

"Dragan is more advanced at his age than Kristaps Porzingis was when he was 18," a longtime NBA scout said. "Dragan has great length, and he can block shots. He can run the floor, and his ability to finish at the rim is exceptional. His shot is getting better all the time. On defense, he has the ability to guard the 4 or the 5. He needs to gain weight and strength, but his potential is jaw-dropping."

"Top players from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina play basketball to express beauty," said Maurizio Balducci, Bender's Italy-based agent, who is also watching the practice. "This is how [the late] Drazen Petrovic played and Toni Kukoc played. Dragan is very much from this culture. And dunking in a layup line when you are 7'1" is not an expression of beauty."

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Jaylen Brown Won't Hire Agent, Will Use NBPA To Advise Him On Rookie Deal

May 19, 2016 1:49 PM

Jaylen Brown has decided not to sign with an agent as he continues through the draft process.

Brown will use the NBPA to advise him on his rookie deal.

Teams are limited on what they can sign rookies for due to the rookie scale.

Brown is widely expected to be one of the top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft after one season at California.

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76ers Leaning Toward Selecting Ben Simmons First Overall

May 18, 2016 11:39 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are leaning heavily toward selecting Ben Simmons with the first overall pick.

The 76ers will continue to consider Brandon Ingram but they have confidence in the upside of Simmons.

Simmons was born and raised in Australia, where 76ers director of performance research and development David T. Martin was an iconic sports-science leader until leaving the Australian Institute of Sport for Philadelphia in 2015.

Brett Brown also coached Simmons’ father, Dave, with the Melbourne Tigers.

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NBA May Revisit Lottery Reform Following Free Agency

May 18, 2016 11:20 AM

Adam Silver says the NBA will not consider making changes again to the lottery system at this time.

There was strong support of removing the incentives for having a bad record but the plan didn't receive a super majority.

The NBA, however, could readdress it later in the summer.

"I was in favor of changing the lottery," Silver told reporters after the drawing. "But we've parked the issue. We've said, 'Once we get through this summer of free agency, let's return to it and see if a modification is necessary.'"

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76ers Also Were Initially Drawn For Second Overall Pick

May 18, 2016 11:16 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers won the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery and their number also came up when they drew the second overall pick.

The 76ers had the best odds in history to get the top overall pick due to their place with the worst record in the league and also owning a pick swap with the Sacramento Kings.

Sam Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers in April but he has positioned the franchise to rebuild with a considerable number of valuable future draft picks.

In next year's draft, the 76ers will have their own pick and also the Lakers' (top-3 protected).

"It's unfortunate that Sam isn't here to be a part of this," Bryan Colangelo said. "But it was his choice."

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Celtics To Target Backcourt If Pick Falls Outside Top-2
Jamal Murray would be the logical pick with his shooting and versatility, but sources say they also like Buddy Hield.

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Lakers Expected To Trade Pick If It Falls To No. 3
Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the presumptive top-2 players in the draft.

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NBA Not Anticipating 'Imminent' Changes To Lottery
The NBA couldn't get enough support to reform the lottery a season ago.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Ujiri, Kidd, Towns Among On-Stage Lottery Participants
The NBA has announced the list of on-stage participants for the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery.

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76ers Interested In Trade If They Get Two Top-5 Picks
The 76ers could own two top-5 picks as well as the 24th and 26th overall picks.

Scott Howard-Cooper/NBA.com

Cost Of Buying Second Round Picks Going Up
Second round picks could be sold for the maximum $3.4 million amount allowed on draft night.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Furkan Korkmaz Negotiates Buyout Into Contract With Anadolu Efes
Furkan Korkmaz is projected to be a mid-first round selection.

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Wayne Selden Underwent Surgery On Small Meniscus Tear
Wayne Selden played with the injury for part of the season, holding off undergoing a procedure until after the season.

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Brett Brown Representing 76ers At Lottery
Brett Brown was hired by Sam Hinkie and has continued to be the head coach through the early parts of the Colangelo regime.

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Ben Simmons Won't Attend NBA Lottery
The projected top picks in recent drafts have begun to attend the lottery

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Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender Skipping NBA Draft Combine
Ben Simmons is expected to be one of the top-2 picks, while Dragan Bender will also be drafted early.

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Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'
There is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep their top-3 pick or trade it away for a proven player.

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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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