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Rashad Vaughn Plans To Enter NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2015 6:27 PM

Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, according to sources.

A formal announcement is expected in the near future.

Most teams see Vaughn currently as a second-round pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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LSU's Jarell Martin To Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:32 PM

Jarell Martin will leave LSU after his sophomore season for the 2015 NBA Draft.

One source said Martin has already informed LSU coach Johnny Jones of his decision, which comes as no surprise considering Martin had a strong second half of the season en route to earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

“I talked to him (Martin) tonight … he’s already met with Johnny (Jones),” a source close to Martin told The Advocate. “I believe the plan is for there to be an announcement, a press conference, at either 1 o’clock or 2 o’clock (Wednesday).”

Martin led LSU in scoring with 16.9 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and ranked second to Jordan Mickey with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Sheldon Mickles/The Advocate

Tags: Jarell Martin, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Michael Frazier Leaving Florida For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:12 PM

Michael Frazier is leaving Florida for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Frazier will hire Andy Miller and Matt Ramker to represent him.

Frazier averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 14-15.

Darren Heitner/Forbes

Tags: Michael Frazier, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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R.J. Hunter Reminds Scouts Of Klay Thompson

Mar 18, 2015 1:47 PM

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter entered the season with many scouts expecting him to be an eventual lottery pick.

Hunter, however, has been in a shooting slump all season that could be blamed on how teams defend him.

According to Chad Ford, some scouts are reminded of a young Klay Thompson when they watch Hunter.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State Panthers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Pat Riley Calls Building Through Lottery 'Life Of MIsery'

Mar 12, 2015 11:28 AM

Pat Riley has managed to work with some of the best players of their generations during his stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat.

Riley is fully aware that superstar players are necessary to compete for NBA titles.

He called these "very coherent thoughts and decisions that you make about getting stars. You've got to get great players. I've been around it my whole life." 

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able to see what it takes," Riley said, running through his experience playing with West and Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, coaching against Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, and so on. "If you can get three of those kinds of players and fill it out with some other good guys, then you might be ahead of the curve....So there are a lot of ways to skin a cat.

"For me, it's not through the draft, because lottery picks are living a life of misery. That season is miserable. And if you do three or four years in a row to get lottery picks, then I'm in an insane asylum. And the fans will be, too. So who wants to do that?"

Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Proposal Would Move Early Entry Withdrawal Date To Late May

Mar 11, 2015 10:36 AM

The NBA, NCAA and National Association of Basketball Coaches have joined forces to offer a proposed solution to prevent underclassmen from leaving early for the draft if they aren't assured of being a high pick.

 

The withdrawal date would be moved to late May, which is nearly five weeks later than the current late-April date.

"This may be one of the best things the NABC has ever done," said John Calipari.

The current deadline to declare for the draft would remain in late April, as stated in the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players association (this year's deadline is April 26). The official withdrawal date of 10 days prior to the draft (mainly for international players) would not change.

 

If the proposal is accepted, underclassmen would be able to participate in a new, invitation-only combine in mid-May that would enable NBA teams to evaluate players and then offer feedback on their draft prospects.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA CBA

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Phil Jackson Fined By NBA For Comment On D'Angelo Russell

Mar 4, 2015 10:31 AM

Phil Jackson has been fined by the NBA for his public comment on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

It is immediately unclear how much money the Knicks were fined.

Upon leaving Ohio State's game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

 

League officials are not allowed to make public comments on college underclassmen.

Around the NBA, front-office executives were surprised Jackson would violate the rule, given that it is a well-known rule that his peers understand has to be observed. 

 

The NBA fined Phil Jackson $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher when he was still a player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years

Mar 2, 2015 7:25 PM

John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game.

“Recruiting is 24/7 but what recruits kids are results. We’ve had 19 players drafted here in the last five years, we’ll probably have six or seven off this team," said Calipari.

"We had three guys in the All Star game this past year. The results speak for themselves. We’ve had 31 guys go to NBA (including previous stops), with $820 million in created wealth and that doesn’t include shoe contracts, endorsements, or Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, or Brandon Knight’s second contract or the guys currently on my team so you are probably talking well over $1 billion. Within the next five to six years, that could be around $3 billion in created wealth for our players. That recruits other players. Now we have to stay on top of it. I have to travel and make sure I’m at the gyms and they see me. The reality of it is, the best thing that sells is results,” said Calipari.

There are currently 18 players in the NBA that went to Kentucky.

Emmet Ryan/Ball In Europe

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)

Mar 2, 2015 11:49 AM

The following stats are for the month of February for the prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor: 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 32.4 minutes, 26.9 PER

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, 21.0 minutes, 33.0 PER

D'Angelo Russell: 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 34.5 minutes, 21.7 PER

Stanley Johnson: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 27.0 minutes, 20.3 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 22.8 minutes, 20.9 PER

Mario Hezonja: 10.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 18.6 minutes, 22.1 PER

Kristaps Porzingis: 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 minutes, 20.4 PER

Kevon Looney: 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 30.6 minutes, 17.1 PER

Justise Winslow: 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 34.1 minutes, 24.3 PER

Myles Turner: 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 24.1 minutes, 21.3 PER

Kelly Oubre: 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 23.8 minutes, 22.2 PER

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Longhorns, Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Phil Jackson Likely To Be Fined For Commenting On D'Angelo Russell

Feb 27, 2015 10:55 AM

Phil Jackson will likely receive a fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Russell is a freshman for the Buckeyes and a probable high lottery pick if he declares for the draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, New York Knicks, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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