Basketball Wiretap

Jackson, Fultz, Ball, Smith, Giles Comprise Chad Ford's Top 100

Nov 29, 2016 1:21 PM

Josh Jackson ranks first in Chad Ford's Top 100 for the 2017 NBA Draft ahead of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.

Dennis Smith, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-10.

Draft Express has Fultz, Smith, Tatum, Jackson and Giles as their top-5 in that order.

1. Josh Jackson
2. Markelle Fultz
3. Lonzo Ball
4. Dennis Smith
5. Harry Giles
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Jonathan Isaac
8. Malik Monk
9. Miles Bridges
10. Frank Ntilikina
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Ivan Rabb
13. De'Aaron Fox
14. OG Anunoby
15. Jarrett Allen
16. Edrice Adebayo
17. Marques Bolden
18. Tony Bradley
19. Omer Yurtseven
20. Terrance Ferguson

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No. 3 Recruit Wendell Carter Commits To Duke

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 PM

Wendell Carter has committed to Duke as a member of the 2017 incoming class.

Carter chose the Blue Devils over in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Harvard. 

Carter, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pace Academy (Georgia), is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 100 for 2017.

Carter won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 U17 World Championship. 

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No. 3 PG Quade Green Commits To Kentucky

Nov 20, 2016 11:12 AM

Quade Green has committed to Kentucky, choosing John Calipari's team over Syracuse.

The Orange hosted Green on at least four visits since the summer, but Green was impressed with Kentucky when he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness. 

Green is ranked No. 22 in the incoming class of 2017 and the No. 3 point guard.

Kentucky badly needed guards in the 2017 class, with freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe all potentially leaving for the NBA draft next spring.

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Kris Wilkes Commits To UCLA

Nov 13, 2016 6:58 PM

Kris Wilkes has committed to UCLA for the incoming class of 2017.

Wilkes, a 6'7 small forward, is ranked No. 14 in his class by ESPN and picked the Bruins over Indiana and Illinois. 

"I felt the most comfortable when I went down and felt it was a great school," Wilkes told ESPN.

Wilkes joins a recruiting class that was ranked No. 4 in the country heading into the weekend. He's the fifth member of the group, following three ESPN 100 prospects -- point guard Jaylen Hands (No. 31), power forward Cody Riley (No. 45) and center Jalen Hill (No. 50) -- and three-star shooting guard LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of UCLA star freshman Lonzo.

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Bill Self: Josh Jackson Has Great IQ Both On, Off Court

Nov 8, 2016 3:01 PM

Josh Jackson is considered one of the more mature prospects of the 2017 NBA Draft class. Jackson is a wing but has many point guard style attributes with his vision and passing.

Bill Self describes Jackson as a "very deep thinker, ridiculously bright and articulate."

"He has a great IQ both on the court and off the court," Self says. "It's way, way, way beyond his years."

Jackson also has a love for chess.

"I like thinking games," Jackson said.

"Chess forces you to think about the decisions you're making before you make them, after you make them. Just being able to think before you move, think about what happens if you do this or do that."

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