Apr 18, 2014 8:23 PM EDT
Marcus Lee announced Friday that he will return to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.
"I've really enjoyed my college experience and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year."
Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.
Apr 18, 2014 5:23 PM EDT
The NBA broke five ties for teams with identical records to help determine the selection order for the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Utah Jazz won a tiebreaker over the Boston Celtics.
The Brooklyn Nets won a tiebreaker the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will receive the pick from the Nets, while the Phoenix Suns receive the Wizards' pick.
The Chicago Bulls on a tiebreaker over the Toronto Raptors.
The Portland Trail Blazers won a tiebreaker with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. The Rockets then won a tiebreaker with the Heat.
Milwaukee 15-67 (.183) // 250
Philadelphia 19-63 (.232) // 199
Orlando 23-59 (.280) // 156
Utah 25-57 (.305) // 104
Boston 25-57 (.305) // 103
LA Lakers 27-55 (.329) // 63
Sacramento 28-54 (.341) // 43
Detroit (1) 29-53 (.354) // 28
Cleveland 33-49 (.402) // 17
New Orleans (2) 34-48 (.415) // 11
Denver (3) 36-46 (.439) // 8
New York (To Denver or to Orlando via Denver) 37-45 (.451) // 7
Minnesota (4) 40-42 (.488) // 6
Phoenix 48-34 (.585) // 5
The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
15. Atlanta 38-44 (.463)
16. Charlotte (To Chicago) 43-39 (.524)
17. Brooklyn (To Boston) 44-38 (.537)
18. Washington (To Phoenix) 44-38 (.537)
19. Chicago 48-34 (.585)
20. Toronto 48-34 (.585)
21. Dallas (To Oklahoma City via Houston and LA Lakers) 49-33 (.598)
22. Memphis 50-32 (.610)
23. Golden State (To Utah) 51-31 (.622)
24. Portland (To Charlotte) 54-28 (.659)
25. Houston 54-28 (.659)
26. Miami 54-28 (.659)
27. Indiana (To Phoenix) 56-26 (.683)
28. LA Clippers 57-25 (.695)
29. Oklahoma City 59-23 (.720)
30. San Antonio 62-20 (.756)
2014 Second Round Draft Choice Order
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34/35. Boston (To Dallas)
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
42. New York (To Houston)
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
56. Portland (To Denver)
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio
Apr 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers may have their highest pick in over 30 years this year, but they appear interested in trading it away.
"I think there’s a possibility," said Kupchak when asked about a trade of the pick.
The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.
Apr 17, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
Danté Exum has signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.
“I’m really excited to join the Adidas family,” Exum said in a news release. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in Adidas Nations in the past and I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and Adidas.”
Exum is a graduate of the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport.
Exum participated in the Adidas Nations program in 2011 and 2012, leading Australia to a fourth place finish in 2012.
“Dante is a gifted player,” said Chris Grancio, Adidas head of global basketball sports marketing. “His hard work ethic and play have made him successful at every level of competition, but what makes him special is his great attitude and unselfish team approach to the game.”
Apr 17, 2014 3:10 PM EDT
James Young will leave Kentucky for the NBA Draft.
Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.
Young was an NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team selection and a Second Team All-SEC.
Apr 17, 2014 2:23 PM EDT
Jordan Adams will return to UCLA for his junior season.
Adams contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.4 points per game.
The Bruins also return Norman Powell, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker, will add Isaac Hamilton and three Top 100 big men: Kevon Looney, Thomas Welsh and Jonah Bolden.
Apr 17, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA," wrote Parker. "I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court."
Parker played one season at Duke.
"Up to this point I haven't given any thought to agents. But now that I've declared, I will turn my attention to the process of choosing someone to represent me. Money was not a factor in my decision to go pro. It won't be a factor in my choice of an agent. My number one criterion in choosing a college coach was an impeccable reputation for integrity. I'm looking for the same thing in an agent.
"This past year at Duke has been a cherished chapter in my life. I'm very fortunate to have worn the blue and white. And I will always carry with me the memories of playing in front of the Crazies at Cameron. Now it's time to write the next chapter. I can't wait to get started."
Apr 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT
Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.
"Dario will declare for the 2014 draft in the next seven days for sure, what's a logical step after the best season in his career," said his new agent Misko Raznatovic. "He was voted the best young player in Europe by FIBA, as well as MVP of the Adriatic League."
Raznatovic was asked if he'll keep his name in the draft.
"It is very difficult to say at this moment. His target is to be in the top 10 picks of the draft this year, maybe it would be acceptable to be a lottery pick. If we have a clear situation for getting where we would like him to be drafted, then for sure he will keep his name in."
Saric is unlikely to join the NBA immediately.
"Dario's ultimate dream is to be a NBA All-Star and he absolutely does not accept anything less than that. At this moment he believes that is better to stay in Europe for a season or two, to get a taste of the Euroleague, and then to enter the NBA when he has more experience. He believes that it will be a shortcut for making his dream. But he did not make a final decision about that, and I will not absolutely exclude that option as well. He just wants to make a proper step and be in a place where he will be able to develop and play."
Apr 15, 2014 11:48 PM EDT
Branden Dawson announced on Tuesday that he has decided to remain at Michigan State University for his senior season.
Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for the Spartans in 2013-14. He missed 10 games due to injury, including nine straight with a broken hand from Jan. 25 to Feb. 23.
"I was always pretty sure that I wanted to return for my senior season, but Coach Izzo said he would do what he does for all his players and gather some information," Dawson said in a statement. "As he started making calls, my mom came up and we met with Coach. The three of us decided that as far as my basketball career, both present and future, and the chance to finish my degree, including possibly needing to take just one class during my final semester, that my initial decision was the correct one. I'm vowing to improve my consistency and am looking forward to a great final season."
Apr 15, 2014 9:14 PM EDT
Isaiah Austin will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, leaving Baylor after his sophomore season.
Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
Austin is currently projected as the 38th overall pick by DraftExpress.
Glenn Robinson III averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore.
Willie Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.
Gary Harris averaged 16.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting to go with 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
Apr 14, 2014
Montrezl Harrell was projected to be a first round pick.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski will likely remain at Arizona for 14-15.
Myles Turner has grown a full inch since October.
Eric Moreland averaged 8.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season.
Clint Capela is starting for Chalon and averaging 9.1 points, seven rebounds and 1.8 blocks at just 19 years old.
Jabari Parker said he expects to make a decision by next Tuesday or Wednesday on whether he will enter the June NBA Draft.
Alex Kirk, a seven-foot redshirt junior, averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game this season.
Jarnell Stokes will forego his senior season at Tennessee and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
Nik Stauskas had a breakout season as a sophomore, averaging 17.5 points while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.
Julius Randle is a virtual lock to be a top-10 selection and could go in the top-5.
Joel Embiid is widely expected to be a top-3 pick if his back tests out as healthy.
Marcus Smart decided to return for his sophomore season and averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season for Oklahoma State.
James Michael McAdoo earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore and junior.
Jabari Brown was a First Team All-Southeastern Conference selection and 1,000-point scorer at Missouri.
Apr 02, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Kyle Anderson almost certainly will need to be given playing time with the ball in his hands to maximize his abilities.
Apr 02, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Jabari Parker has yet to make a decision about whether to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft or return to Duke for his sophomore season.
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