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Dakari Johnson Stays At Kentucky, Won't Declare For NBA Draft

Dakari Johnson will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season.

Johnson averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game as a freshman out of Montverde Academy.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jerian Grant To Return To Notre Dame

Jerian Grant will return to Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility.

Grant averaged 19 points in 12 games last season before withdrawing from school for an "academic matter" in late-December.

"Jerian is not in the NBA draft," Irish coach Mike Brey told ESPN.com. "He's returning to Notre Dame in June for summer school and we look forward to having him next season."

Grant redshirted as a freshman.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Alex Poythress To Stay At Kentucky For Junior Season

Alex Poythress will return to Kentucky for his junior season.

Poythress averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game as a freshman and 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes as a sophomore.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Damien Inglis Declares For NBA Draft

Damien Inglis will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Inglis recently participated in the Nike Hoop Summit with the World Team.

Several NBA scouts have told Yahoo Sports they are most attracted by Inglis' defensive ability.

Inglis said he has no NBA buyout with Chorale de Roanne Basket. DraftExpress.com projects him as the 32nd overall pick in this year's draft. Inglis said if he isn't comfortable with his potential draft position he might take his name out by the June 16 deadline.

"I want to develop my game with a good team who is very interested and focused on me," Inglis told Yahoo Sports. "I want to play in the league next year but it depends. I don't really want [to] take my name out."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Isaiah Austin Leaves Baylor For NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin has announced his decision to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Austin returned to Baylor for his sophomore season after a shoulder injury.

Austin is a 7-foot center currently projected to go early in the second round by Draft Express.

Via Josh Friemel/Dallas Morning News

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft

Julius Randle officially announced he will declare for the NBA Draft in June.

Randle will forgo his sophomore season.

As a freshman, Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

K.J. McDaniels To Declare For NBA Draft

K.J. McDaniels will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

McDaniels is a small forward out of Clemson.

McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game last season.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Mouhammadou Jaiteh Decides Not To Enter NBA Draft

After intending to declare for the NBA, French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh won’t formally enter his name in the June Draft, a source told RealGM.

Jaiteh had been gauging feedback from the NBA, and the 6-foot-10 prospect ultimately decided to forgo the draft. Jaiteh will likely re-sign in France’s ProA league to continue his development.

RealGM reported on March 25 that Jaiteh would declare for the draft. The 19-year-old also entered the draft process a year ago before pulling out in the weeks before the 60 selections.

Jaiteh averaged 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds with JSF Nanterre this season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Elfrid Payton Leaves Louisiana-Lafayette For NBA Draft

Elfrid Payton is leaving Louisiana-Lafayette for the 2014 NBA Draft after his junior season.

Payton could become a late first round pick.

Payton developed from a lightly recruited point guard out of Louisiana to one of the top floor leaders in the country.

Several NBA executives told ESPN.com that Payton is likely to be selected somewhere in the 25 to 40 range.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Bulls Excited To Own Two 'Invaluable' First Round Picks

The Chicago Bulls are excited to own the 16th and 19th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

“Yeah, because picks are invaluable,’’ Gar Forman said Sunday. “You’re capable of getting a couple of players that can help your team, and under the new CBA, you’re getting guys that are locked in contractually at very reasonable contracts. So in building a team, we’ve seen that draft picks are of extreme importance.’’

Forman elected to wait until all of the underclassmen make their decisions before declaring on the depth of the draft.

“Every year, you’ve got people speculating on whether it’s a strong draft, weak draft, whatever,’’ Forman said. “I think our philosophy has always been that there’s always opportunities in the draft, and it’s our job to find guys that fit our culture, our team, our organization. With two picks in the top 20, I think we have an opportunity to get two guys that can help us.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Harrisons Waiting For Feedback From NBA Before Making Decision

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are continuing to weigh their options about returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season or leaving for the NBA.

Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Marcus Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.

Ties Broken For 2014 NBA Draft Selection Order

The Jazz won an important tiebreaker over the Celtics.

Kupchak: Trading Lottery Pick 'Possibility' For Lakers

The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.

Danté Exum Signs Endorsement Deal With Adidas

Dante Exum participated in the Adidas Nations program in 2011 and 2012.

James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

James Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.

Jordan Adams To Stay At UCLA For Junior Season

Jordan Adams contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.4 points per game.

Jabari Parker Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Dario Saric To Declare For NBA Draft, Could Still Withdraw

Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.

Branden Dawson Returns To Michigan State For Senior Season

Branden Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for MSU in 2013-14.

Isaiah Austin Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin is currently projected as the 38th overall pick by DraftExpress.

Glenn Robinson III Declares For NBA Draft

Glenn Robinson III averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore.

Willie Cauley-Stein Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season

Willie Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.

Gary Harris Leaves Michigan State For NBA

Gary Harris averaged 16.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting to go with 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Montrezl Harrell Returns To Louisville For Junior Season

Montrezl Harrell was projected to be a first round pick.

Gordon, Nick Johnson Likely To Declare; Hollis-Jefferson, Zeus Leaning Toward Staying

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski will likely remain at Arizona for 14-15.

USA's 2014 Nike Hoop Summit Measurements

Myles Turner has grown a full inch since October.

Eric Moreland To Leave Oregon State For NBA Draft

Eric Moreland averaged 8.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season.

Clint Capela Expected To Declare For 2014 NBA Draft

Clint Capela is starting for Chalon and averaging 9.1 points, seven rebounds and 1.8 blocks at just 19 years old.

Jabari Parker Expects Draft Decision After Meeting Coach K

Jabari Parker said he expects to make a decision by next Tuesday or Wednesday on whether he will enter the June NBA Draft.
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