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Lonzo Ball Announces He'll Leave UCLA For Draft

Mar 25, 2017 11:06 AM

Lonzo Ball announced after UCLA's loss in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky that he will leave the school to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

"That was my final game for UCLA, and I appreciate all the fans and all the support," Ball said.

Ball had widely been expected to leave UCLA after just one season.

Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

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Michael Porter Jr. Commits To Missouri

Mar 24, 2017 5:12 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will attend Missouri for his freshman season.

Porter had previously signed with Washington but asked for his release after they fired Lorenzo Romar as head coach and his father as assistant coach. 

Porter is the top recruit in the incoming class of 2017 and is widely expected to be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Porter played his final season of high school basketball for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle where he was coached by Brandon Roy.

Missouri hired Cuonzo Martin this month.

"Last week everything changed for me regarding my college basketball decision. Realizing I would no longer have the opportunity to play for Coach Romar, I've taken the past seven days to give great consideration to my future.

"After a lot of thought, prayer, and talking with my family, I'm excited to announce that next year I will be attending the University of Missouri!

"I'm looking forward to the year ahead with Coach Cuonzo and my new teammates... Together we hope to restore the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena."

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Jonathan Isaac Leaves Florida State To Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2017 2:45 PM

Jonathan Isaac has announced his decision to leave Florida State for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Isaac posted his announcement on Instagram while thanking the fans of Florida State.

Isaac is expected to be a top-10 pick as he's one of the more versatile forwards in the draft class.

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Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington

Mar 22, 2017 5:40 PM

Michael Porter Jr. has asked for his release from his letter of intent from the University of Washington. 

Porter is widely considered the top recruit in the country.

The decision was prompted by the firing of coach Lorenzo Romar and parts of his coaching staff, including Porter’s father, Michael Porter Sr.

“I was ready to go to UW and make a big difference,” said Porter Jr. said. “Not saying I won’t still go there, but it was unfortunate. At the same time, it’s exciting to see what God has planned for me…I plan to get that (release) and reopen my options. Washington is definitely still on the list.”

Mike Hopkins was hired to replace Romar. 

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I think I probably will meet with him at some point,” Porter Jr. said of Hopkins.

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Washington Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Jayson Tatum Leaving Duke For NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2017 2:12 PM

Jayson Tatum will leave Duke after his sophomore season to enter the NBA.

Tatum is expected to be a top-10 pick.

Tatum will hire an agent.

"I have absolutely loved coaching Jayson Tatum," said Mike Krzyzewski. "His skill set and work ethic will make him a star in the NBA. Whichever team selects him will be getting a humble, thoughtful and talented young man whom we are proud to call a member of the Duke basketball brotherhood."

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Ivan Rabb Leaves Cal For NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2017 1:20 PM

Ivan Rabb will leave Cal after his sophomore season to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Rabb has no intention of withdrawing his name this year.

"Cal meant a lot to me. My two years at Cal was a huge learning experience both on and off of the court," Rabb said.

Rabb is expected to be a first round pick.

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Robert Williams Returning To Texas A&M For Sophomore Season

Mar 21, 2017 12:14 PM

Robert Williams will return to Texas A&M for his sophomore season.

Williams was projected to be a top-10 pick in the draft if would have declared.

Williams averaged 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for Texas A&M this season.

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LaVar Ball Not Hurting Lonzo Ball's Draft Stock With NBA Teams

Mar 17, 2017 11:47 AM

The media tour of LaVar Ball is not expected to negatively impact the draft stock of Lonzo Ball.

Ball is widely expected to be a top-2 pick in the draft and fall no lower than third.

As one general manager put it, and many other executives confirmed in various forms when consulted on the matter, “No one’s paying attention to Ball’s father.”

“Lonzo Ball is a game changer with his skill set and ability to make plays (that) one can’t teach,” one front office executive said. “He makes your team better once he gets on the floor. His instincts and ability to push the ball up the floor with a pass first mentality is something a coach can’t teach.”

Several executives reiterated that Ball would be drafted in the top three regardless of his dad.

Other executives acknowledged the scenario would be different if Ball came with red flags in regards to his character.

“There are players who come from more challenging family situations who have (done) quite well in the NBA," the GM said.

Said another executive: “Passing on the kid because of the father may not hold up well over time.”

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Grayson Allen Doesn't Regret Staying At Duke Despite Drop In Draft Stock

Mar 16, 2017 10:12 PM

Grayson Allen said he doesn't regret returning to Duke for his junior season despite his fallen draft stock.

Allen likely would have been a first round pick in 2016 after averaging 21.6 points with 42 percent shooting on three-pointers. NBA executives project Allen to be a mid-second-round pick if he leaves Duke.

"I knew with the decision I made, once I made it, I was going to live with it," Allen said Thursday prior to the team's first-round NCAA tournament game. "Obviously, I haven't had the season I'd like to have. A lot of things out of my control happened. I didn't know I was going to get injured three games into the year, reinjured later and all stuff happen in the middle.

"For me, I'm making best of the situation. I didn't come back for personal goals, I came back to be in the spot I am right now and trying to make another run for a national championship, and I'm still able to do that. So there's no regrets there."

Allen has dealt with numerous injuries and a suspension for multiple tripping incidents.

Allen has averaged 14.1 points per game this season and shot 36 percent from beyond the arc despite still not being 100 percent after a recent ankle injury.

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Nick Richards Headlines 2017 Nike Hoops Summit World Team Roster

Mar 15, 2017 2:06 PM

The World Team has announced their roster for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.

The guards include Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada), Lindell Wigginton (6-foot-1, Oak Hill Academy, Va./Canada), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada) and Angus Glover (6-foot-4, Illawara Hawks/Australia).

The World Team also named five forwards to its 2017 roster: Tadas Sedekerskis (6-foot-7, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain/Lithuania), R.J. Barrett (6-foot-6, Montverde Academy, Fla./Canada), Kostja Mushidi (6-foot-5, BC Mega Leks, Serbia/Germany), Borisa Simanic (6-foot-11, Crvena Zvezda/Serbia) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6-foot-11, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania/Germany).

The global squad is completed by centers Felipe Dos Anjos (7-foot-2, Oviedo, Spain/Brazil), Nick Richards (6-foot-11, The Patrick School, N.J./Jamaica) and Ikechukwu Obiagu (7-foot, Greenforest Christian Academy, Ga./Nigeria).

DeAndre Ayton, who is the second ranked player in the 2017 incoming freshman class, is not on the team despite playing last year.

Richards is the highest ranked player on the roster at No. 11 and will attend Kentucky. Gilgeous-Alexander will also attend Kentucky and is ranked 32nd overall. Alexander-Walker is ranked 25th overall and will attend Virginia Tech.

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Omer Yurtseven Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent
Omer Yurtseven was projected by some NBA draft sites as a first-round pick before the season started.

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LaVar Ball Put Sons On Worst Youth Teams To Develop Game
LaVar Ball said he figured that if Lonzo Ball could win with marginal players, he could win with good ones.

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Markelle Fultz Declares For 2017 NBA Draft
Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first or second selection in the draft.

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