Basketball Wiretap

Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game

Apr 29, 2017 11:05 AM

Real Madrid secured a Final Four berth with its second road win in less than 48 hours against Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday night.

Luka Doncic was named MVP for Game 4 of the EuroLeague Playoffs. It marked the 18-year old's second consecutive MVP of the round award, after he shared the honor 48 hours earlier in Game 3.

Doncic has won the honor four times this season, second to only reigning EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow, who won six.

Doncic scored 11 points to go with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. He made his only two-point shot attempt, hit 1 of 4 from downtown and went 6 for 8 from the free throw line in addition to collecting 1 steal and 6 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 21, the highest among all players in the two Game 4 contests.

Doncic is expected to be one of the top two picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Lonzo Ball Prefers Lakers But Prepared To Play For Anyone

Apr 26, 2017 1:52 PM

When Lonzo Ball was younger he would watch footage of Magic Johnson, which symbolized the purity of the game for his family.

“I watched tape on Magic when I was young,” Ball told The Vertical, “and it’s why you can see it in my game. He liked to pass, I like to pass. He was a big point guard, I’m a big point guard. And I feel the way the game is played means a lot to him and me.”

The Los Angeles Lakers could be in position to draft Ball if they keep their pick.

“The Lakers are in L.A., and they’re close to home,” Ball told The Vertical. “This is where all my family is. Hopefully, they have a nice pick and they have a chance to get me. I want this to be realistic. Just being very family-oriented, to play in front of them would mean a lot to me. The Lakers are a young team and they have a lot of young talent.”

While Ball may prefer to stay close to home, he's prepared to play for whichever team selects him.

“I’ll play for anyone, all 30 teams,” Ball told The Vertical. “I want the challenge of helping turn around any team in the league. Just making it to the NBA, that’s my goal.”

Ball's father, LaVar Ball, has become a celebrity in his own right with his outsized personality.

“That’s who he’s been since I was a kid,” Ball told The Vertical about his father.

Ball believes he could change the way free agents perceive the Lakers if he ends up there.

“That’s the culture I want: to enter a situation and help my team win,” Ball told The Vertical. “I’ll do whatever I can for wins. It’s what I did when I was at Chino Hills. It’s what I did at UCLA. It’s what I’ll do again at the next level. Just do what I can to help my team win and make players around me better.”

Ball would love the opportunity to learn directly from Magic.

“I can learn a lot from Magic, and it would be a blessing for me to be able to take after him each and every day,” Ball told The Vertical. “Magic is probably the best guard to ever play the game. The fact that he also played as a big guard, he can show me things.

“I would love to have that sit-down and learn to be the best player I can be.”


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NBA Announces 182 Early Entry Candidates For 2017 Draft

Apr 25, 2017 6:12 PM

The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players -- 137 players from colleges and 45 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Players wishing to enter the 2017 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 23. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 12. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen that have entered the 2017 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 24.

Following is the list of players from colleges who have applied for early entry into the 2017 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 22.


Shaqquan Aaron, USC 6-7 Sophomore
Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure 6-2 Junior
Edrice Adebayo, Kentucky 6-10 Freshman
Deng Adel, Louisville 6-7 Sophomore
Jashaun Agosto, LIU 5-11 Freshman
Bashir Ahmed, St. John’s 6-7 Junior
Rawle Alkins, Arizona 6-5 Freshman
Jarrett Allen, Texas 6-11 Freshman
Mark Alstork, Wright State 6-5 Junior
Ike Anigbogu, UCLA 6-10 Freshman
OG Anunoby, Indiana 6-8 Sophomore
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State 6-7 Sophomore
Lonzo Ball, UCLA 6-6 Freshman
Jaylen Barford, Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Jordan Bell, Oregon 6-9 Junior
Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont 6-2 Junior
Joel Berry II, North Carolina 6-0 Junior
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana 6-4 Junior
Antonio Blakeney, LSU 6-4 Sophomore
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier 6-6 Junior
Bennie Boatwright, USC 6-10 Sophomore
Jacobi Boykins, Louisiana Tech 6-6 Junior
Tony Bradley, North Carolina 6-10 Freshman
Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky 6-2 Sophomore
Dillon Brooks, Oregon 6-7 Junior
Thomas Bryant, Indiana 6-10 Sophomore
Rodney Bullock, Providence 6-8 Junior
Jevon Carter, West Virginia 6-2 Junior
Clandell Cetoute, Thiel College (PA) 6-8 Junior
Joseph Chartouny, Fordham 6-3 Sophomore
Donte’ Clark, Massachusetts 6-4 Junior
Chris Clemons, Campbell 5-9 Sophomore
David Collette, Utah 6-10 Junior
John Collins, Wake Forest 6-10 Sophomore
Zach Collins, Gonzaga 7-0 Freshman
Chance Comanche, Arizona 6-11 Sophomore
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall 6-10 Junior
Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky 6-6 Freshman
Tyler Dorsey, Oregon 6-4 Sophomore
PJ Dozier, South Carolina 6-6 Sophomore
Vince Edwards, Purdue 6-8 Junior
John Egbunu, Florida 6-11 Junior
Jon Elmore, Marshall 6-3 Junior
Obi Enechionyia, Temple 6-10 Junior
Drew Eubanks, Oregon State 6-10 Sophomore
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State 6-1 Sophomore
Tacko Fall, Central Florida 7-6 Sophomore
Tony Farmer, Lee College (TX) 6-7 Sophomore
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky 6-4 Freshman
Markelle Fultz, Washington 6-4 Freshman
Harry Giles, Duke 6-10 Freshman
Brandon Goodwin, FGCU 6-2 Junior
Donte Grantham, Clemson 6-8 Junior
Isaac Haas, Purdue 7-2 Junior
Aaron Holiday, UCLA 6-1 Sophomore
Isaac Humphries, Kentucky 7-0 Sophomore
Chandler Hutchison, Boise State 6-7 Junior
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State 6-10 Freshman
Frank Jackson, Duke 6-3 Freshman
Josh Jackson, Kansas 6-8 Freshman
Justin Jackson, Maryland 6-7 Freshman
Justin Jackson, North Carolina 6-8 Junior
Alize Johnson, Missouri State 6-9 Junior
B.J. Johnson, La Salle 6-7 Junior
Darin Johnson, CSU-Northridge 6-5 Junior
Jaylen Johnson, Louisville 6-9 Junior
Robert Johnson, Indiana 6-3 Junior
Andrew Jones, Texas 6-4 Freshman
Kerem Kanter, Green Bay 6-10 Junior
Ted Kapita, North Carolina State 6-8 Freshman
Marcus Keene, Central Michigan 5-9 Junior
Luke Kennard, Duke 6-6 Sophomore
Braxton Key, Alabama 6-8 Freshman
George King, Colorado 6-6 Junior
Kyle Kuzma, Utah 6-9 Junior
Khadeem Lattin, Oklahoma 6-9 Junior
TJ Leaf, UCLA 6-10 Freshman
William Lee, UAB 6-9 Junior
Zach Lofton, Texas Southern 6-3 Junior
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse 6-9 Sophomore
Daryl Macon, Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Marin Maric, Northern Illinois 6-11 Junior
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona 7-0 Freshman
Yante Maten, Georgia 6-8 Junior
Markis McDuffie, Wichita State 6-8 Sophomore
MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State 6-7 Junior
Eric Mika, BYU 6-10 Sophomore
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville 6-3 Sophomore
Malik Monk, Kentucky 6-3 Freshman
Matthew Morgan, Cornell 6-3 Sophomore
Shaquille Morris, Wichita State 6-8 Junior
Johnathan Motley, Baylor 6-10 Junior
Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas 6-8 Junior
Divine Myles, Stetson 5-11 Junior
Derick Newton, Stetson 6-6 Sophomore
Austin Nichols, Virginia 6-8 Junior
Semi Ojeleye, SMU 6-7 Junior
Cameron Oliver, Nevada 6-8 Sophomore
Randy Onwuasor, Southern Utah 6-3 Junior
Justin Patton, Creighton 7-0 Freshman
L.J. Peak, Georgetown 6-5 Junior
Theo Pinson, North Carolina 6-6 Junior
Ivan Rabb, California 6-11 Sophomore
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State 6-4 Junior
Devin Robinson, Florida 6-8 Junior
Josh Robinson, Austin Peay 6-2 Junior
Martavius Robinson, Lewis & Clark CC (Illinois) 6-10 Sophomore
Maverick Rowan, North Carolina State 6-7 Sophomore
Corey Sanders, Rutgers 6-2 Sophomore
Victor Sanders, Idaho 6-5 Junior
Jaaron Simmons, Ohio 6-1 Junior
Kobi Simmons, Arizona 6-5 Freshman
Fred Sims Jr., Chicago State 6-4 Sophomore
Dennis Smith Jr., North Carolina State 6-3 Freshman
Zach Smith, Texas Tech 6-8 Junior
Kamau Stokes, Kansas State 6-0 Sophomore
Edmond Sumner, Xavier 6-6 Sophomore
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue 6-9 Sophomore
Jayson Tatum, Duke 6-8 Freshman
Matt Taylor, New Mexico State 6-4 Junior
James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan 6-10 Sophomore
Stephen Thompson Jr., Oregon State 6-4 Sophomore
Trevor Thompson, Ohio State 7-0 Junior
Melo Trimble, Maryland 6-3 Junior
Craig Victor II, LSU 6-9 Junior
Moritz Wagner, Michigan 6-11 Sophomore
Tevonn Walker, Valparaiso 6-2 Junior
Antone Warren, Antelope Valley CC (CA) 6-10 Sophomore
Thomas Welsh, UCLA 7-0 Junior
Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan 6-3 Junior
Cecil Williams, Central Michigan 6-6 Junior
Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga 6-9 Junior
Kam Williams, Ohio State 6-2 Junior
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga 6-3 Junior
Christian Wilson, Texas-San Antonio 6-2 Junior
D.J. Wilson, Michigan 6-10 Junior
Omer Yurtseven, North Carolina State 7-0 Freshman

List of international players who applied for 2017 NBA Draft early entry:

Player Team/Country of Team Height Status
Ege Arar, Galatasaray (Turkey) 6-10 1996 DOB
Laurynas Beliauskas, Neptunas (Lithuania) 6-3 1997 DOB
Terrence Bieshaar, Joventut (Spain) 6-10 1997 DOB
Simon Birgander, Clavijo (Spain) 6-10 1997 DOB
Laurynas Birutis, Vytautas (Lithuania) 7-1 1997 DOB
Luka Bozic, Zagreb (Croatia) 6-7 1996 DOB
Vlatko Cancar, Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-8 1997 DOB
Leo Cizmic, Sevilla (Spain) 6-8 1998 DOB
Wesley Alves da Silva, Paulistano (Brazil) 6-6 1996 DOB
George de Paula, Paulistano (Brazil) 6-6 1996 DOB
Berkan Durmaz, Tofas (Turkey) 6-8 1997 DOB
Martynas Echodas, Siauliai (Lithuania) 6-9 1997 DOB
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot, Levallois (France) 6-8 1996 DOB
Aquiles Ferreira, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6-5 1998 DOB
Diego Flaccadori, Trento (Italy) 6-5 1996 DOB
Tolga Gecim, Banvit (Turkey) 6-8 1996 DOB
Yoan Granvorka, Nancy (France) 6-4 1997 DOB
Egemen Guven, Karsiyaka (Turkey) 6-10 1996 DOB
Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris (Lithuania) 7-0 1998 DOB
Karlis Helmanis, RTU Riga (Latvia) 6-7 1997 DOB
Aleksa Ilic, Buducnost (Montenegro) 6-9 1996 DOB
Jonathan Jeanne, Nancy (France) 7-2 1997 DOB
Alpha Kaba, Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-10 1996 DOB
Verners Kohs, GBA Sparta (Czech Republic) 6-8 1997 DOB
Antonios Koniaris, PAOK (Greece) 6-4 1997 DOB
Arnoldas Kulboka, Baunach (Germany) 6-9 1998 DOB
Rodions Kurucs, Barcelona (Spain) 6-8 1998 DOB
Axel Louissaint, Lugano (Switzerland) 6-6 1996 DOB
Michail Lountzis, Panathinaikos (Greece) 6-5 1998 DOB
Gytis Masiulis, Zalgiris (Lithuania) 6-9 1998 DOB
Lovro Mazalin, Zadar (Croatia) 6-9 1997 DOB
Regimantas Miniotas, Vytautas (Lithuania) 6-9 1996 DOB
Kostja Mushidi, Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-5 1998 DOB
Margiris Normantas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) 6-4 1996 DOB
Frank Ntilikina, Strasbourg (France) 6-5 1998 DOB
Elie Okobo, Pau Orthez (France) 6-2 1997 DOB
Viny Okouo, Unicaja (Spain) 7-2 1997 DOB
Ayberk Olmaz, Istanbul BSB (Turkey) 6-10 1996 DOB
Lucas Pereira, Pinheiros (Brazil) 6-8 1998 DOB
Martynas Sajus, Starogard (Poland) 6-10 1996 DOB
Borisa Simanic, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6-10 1998 DOB
Nik Slavica, Cibona (Croatia) 6-8 1997 DOB
Berk Ugurlu, Fenerbahce (Turkey) 6-3 1996 DOB
Kristupas Zemaitis , Vytautas (Lithuania) 6-4 1996 DOB
Zou Yuchen, Bayi Fubang (China) 6-10 1996 DOB

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Magic Johnson To Represent Lakers At Lottery

Apr 24, 2017 7:39 PM

Magic Johnson will represent the team at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16.

While Johnson will handle the televised portion of the event, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will represent the team in the back where the lottery combinations will actually be drawn.

The Lakers have a 46.9 percent chance to land in the top three of the lottery, and thus keep their pick, which is top three protected. 

If the pick falls out of the top-3, it will be conveyed to the 76ers.

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Bam Adebayo To Sign With Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Bam Adebayo will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Adebayo spent one season at Kentucky, averaging 13.0 points, a team-best 8.0 rebounds while also leading Kentucky in blocks per game (1.5).

Adebayo is projected to be selected in the first round.

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Frank Jackson Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Apr 23, 2017 9:39 AM

Frank Jackson has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

"Frank has always wanted to be in the NBA," his father, Al, told The Tribune in a phone interview. "He went to Duke for a variety of reasons, and we absolutely made the right decision. If he had gone anywhere else, we wouldn't have had to struggle with this decision. Frank would've been a one-and-done player with no doubt."

Enough NBA teams expressed interest for Jackson to enter the draft process.

"It's clear to us enough teams consider Frank an NBA player," Al Jackson said. "He has superior athleticism, he has high character and he has a high basketball IQ."

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Jordan Bell Declares For Draft, Signs With Agent

Apr 18, 2017 1:27 PM

Jordan Bell has announced his decision to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent.

Bell is projected to be the No. 38 overall pick in the latest mock draft by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

Bell averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season to help lead Oregon to the Final Four.

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Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac Sign With Jeff Wechsler

Apr 17, 2017 11:07 AM

Agent Jeff Wechsler has signed Jayson Tatum and Jonathan Isaac.

Both Tatum and Isaac are considered lottery picks.

Wechsler's most prominent NBA client is Kyrie Irving.

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P.J. Dozier To Hire Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 17, 2017 11:04 AM

P.J. Dozier is hiring an agent to stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, leaving South Carolina after his sophomore season.

Dozier is considered a second round pick.

For his sophomore season, Dozier averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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Jarrett Allen To Hire Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 12, 2017 12:33 AM

Jarrett Allen will hire an agent and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to begin the process of hiring an agent and turning professional,” Allen said. “Throughout this basketball season, I felt l have grown as a basketball player and as a person while learning how to approach and prepare for the game.

“These experiences and my continual improvement throughout this year have provided me the opportunity of a lifetime to live my dream of playing basketball at the highest level,” he continued.

“I have had deep discussions with my family as well as Coach (Shaka) Smart in making sure this is a sound decision. I firmly believe in my heart, understanding the personal goals I have set and my love for the game of basketball, that this is the right decision to make.”

Allen averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Texas.

Allen is expected to be a mid-first round pick.

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Zach Collins Leaves Gonzaga For Draft
Zach Collins is expected to be a lottery pick, or just outside of it in June's draft.

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Tyler Dorsey Declares For NBA Draft
Tyler Dorsey reportedly had a lucrative offer last summer from Olympiacos, which could serve as a backup plan if he doesn't make an NBA roster.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Markelle Fultz: It Would Be Amazing To Play For Knicks
Markelle Fultz sat courtside for Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden between the Knicks and Raptors.

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Celtics Clinch Best Odds For Lottery As Nets Will Finish With NBA's Worst Record
Boston will pick no worse than fourth overall.

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Owners Want To Revisit Lottery Issue In Holistic Way
Pick protections have create an environment where the incentives for tanking are increased.

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Lonzo Ball Would Rather Play For Lakers Than Go No. 1
The Celtics, Suns, Lakers, Magic, 76ers and Knicks are in the best position to land a top-2 pick.


Luke Kennard Leaves Duke For NBA Draft
Luke Kennard will sign with an agent and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

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Bam Adebayo Declares For Draft, Won't Immediately Hire Agent
Bam Adebayo is projected to be selected anywhere between 19th and 30th.

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Isaiah Briscoe Declares For NBA Draft, Plans To Hire Agent
Isaiah Briscoe will either be a second round pick or go undrafted.

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Justin Patton To Leave Creighton For NBA Draft
Justin Patton averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for Creighton as a 7-foot freshman center.

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Most Teams Giving 'Very Slight Edge' To Markelle Fultz Over Lonzo Ball
Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball are widely expected to be the first two players selected in June's draft.

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Malik Monk Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
Malik Monk was Player of the Year in the SEC and is expected to be a top-10 pick.

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Nike Interested In Signing Lonzo Ball
LaVar Ball has said he's seeking a $1 billion deal to sign all three of his sons.

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De'Aaron Fox Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
De'Aaron Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Kentucky.

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