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Chet Holmgren Slotted At No. 1 In ESPN's First 2022 NBA Mock Draft

Dec 29, 2020 4:15 PM

ESPN has Chet Holmgren going No. 1 in its first 2022 NBA Mock Draft. Holmgren is a seven-foot forward/center, who remains undecided for his college pick. Holmgren is believed to be considered Minnesota and Gonzaga, but he'll also be a major priority for the G League Ignite team.

Mike Schmitz writes Holmgren is "the type of shot-blocking, 3-shooting, ballhandling big man the modern NBA covets."

Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Adrian Griffin Jr. and Yannick Nzosa round out the top-5.

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Jalen Hood-Schifino Decommits From Pittsburgh

Jul 28, 2020 1:14 AM

Jalen Hood-Schifino announced that he will decommit from Pittsburgh and re-open his recruiting.

Hood-Schifino is ranked No. 23 in ESPN's top 60 for the 2022 class.

Hood-Schifino is a top-5 player at the shooting guard position in his class. 

"Now that I have reopened the process, I will have a chance to build relationships with other coaches and see other programs. I rushed the process only being a sophomore. I'm still a long way from entering college. It's going to be very important who I play with and what will be the best system for me," said Hood-Schifino.

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Tags: Jalen Hood, Pittsburgh Panthers, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Jermaine O'Neal, Tracy McGrady Announce Plans To Start Agency

Jul 20, 2020 11:09 AM

Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O'Neal are opening a player representation agency this fall called Seven1 Sports Group and Entertainment.

McGrady and O'Neal, who are both 41 and live in Texas, believe they can offer young players wisdom from their experience in the NBA.

“We think it’s needed, and we have a passion for it,” McGrady said. “We’re around kids every single day because we have youth programs. It just makes sense. We see the lack of information that these kids are getting, so we would be doing a disservice to our people if we don’t lend our expertise of what we know and help guide them. This is a calling that we have.”

O’Neal intends to take the National Basketball Players Association test in January to become a registered NBA agent and hold partner status alongside McGrady. McGrady will likely step away from his broadcasting role with ESPN.

“Make no mistake,” O’Neal said, “this is very personal.”

O'Neal has built relationships with several top draft prospects at his Drive Nation sports complex in Irving, Texas. R.J. Hampton, Tyrese Maxey and Jahmi’us Ramsey came through Drive Nation, as did Cade Cunningham.

“There’s no magic wand for this,” O’Neal said. “We’re not trying to say we’re the magic wand. But we’re going to be different. You can’t name another pair of people who have had the level of success and the ups and downs that we’ve had in our careers.”

McGrady and O'Neal were both represented by Arn Tellem during their playing careers.

“At the end of the day, they can’t get all the players," McGrady said of his new rivals. "Obviously it’s going to take us some time to get our feet wet and really understand how this thing works. But we’re not intimidated by anybody. We know there’s going to be a lot of people trying to poke holes into this.”

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Caleb Houstan Reclassifies Into Class Of 2021

Jul 18, 2020 11:55 AM

Caleb Houstan, the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2022, will reclassify into the 2021 class.

"Being at Montverde and playing for Team Canada at the FIBA level has helped prepare me for that. The best decision for me is to go to college in 2021. That will help me get to next level and eventually where I want to go, which is the NBA," said Houstan.

Houstan averaged 23 points in last summer's FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Canada.

Houstan currently has 14 offers, including from Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Maryland and Seton Hall.

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Langston Love Commits To Baylor

Jul 15, 2020 1:45 PM

Langston Love has committed to Baylor. Love is the no. 22 prospect in the incoming class of 2021.

Love took official visits to Stanford and Texas last fall, but he also had UCLA, Kansas, Arkansas, Villanova, Illinois, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State on his list.

"The reason I chose Baylor is because it is a Christian school, with high-caliber academics," Love told ESPN. "I also have developed a great relationship with the coaching staff and I'm impressed with the way they develop their guards."

Love played behind the likes of Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) and Scottie Barnes (Florida State) at Montverde last season.

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Tags: Langston Love, Baylor Bears, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Emoni Bates Commits To Michigan State

Jun 29, 2020 2:28 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to Michicgan State as part of the incoming class of 2022.

Bates was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2020 as a sophomore.

Bates is widely considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade. Michigan State was the only school to consistently recruit Bates during his high school career.

"Coach [Tom] Izzo and coach [Mike] Garland and that entire MSU staff has been showing love since his seventh grade year. They've been very consistent," Elgin Bates told ESPN. "They really have a genuine care for him and the family. They care for him, not only as a player, but as a person. That's really big for us as a family and for him as a player."

When asked what he likes about Michigan State, Emoni Bates responded: "Everything."

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Bronny James Ranked By ESPN As No. 24 Prospect In 2023 High School Class

Jun 10, 2020 3:44 PM

Bronny James is currently the No. 24 rated prospect in the graduating high school class of 2023.

James will be a sophomore at Sierra Canyon High School and is a 6'2 point guard.

James largely played a complementary role as a freshman on a deeply talented and veteran dominated Sierra Canyon team.

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Tags: LeBron James, Jr., High School, NCAA, NBA

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Jonathan Kuminga Considering G League, Is 50/50 On Reclassifying Into Class Of 2020

May 23, 2020 10:36 PM

Jonathan Kuminga whittled down his college list to Auburn, Duke, Kentucky and Texas Tech, and also included the NBA G League as a possible destination for the 2020-21 season.

Kuminga is currently rated the #1 prospect of the 2021 class.

Kuminga added that he is still considering whether to reclassify into the class of 2020.

“For me, right now, I would say 50/50. With everything is going on right now, I don’t want to put myself in the type of situation where I don’t know what I’m doing. So I’ve just got to be patient with it, sit down with my family and plan on everything," Kuminga told Paul Biancardi on the "High School Basketball Happenings" podcast.

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Penny Hardaway: It's A Recruiting War When It Comes To G League Pathway Program

May 21, 2020 9:04 PM

Penny Hardaway has spoken candidly about how the NBA's program allowing elite high school players to sign with a G League pathway program will impact college basketball recruiting.

"It's going to have a huge impact, because it's just a recruiting war right now when it comes to that," Hardaway said. "But I think it's going to affect us because we're recruiting a bunch of five-stars."

The NBA's initial designs last year called for players to receive offers of $125,000. But contracts for players in the G League's yearlong developmental program will now reportedly reach as much as $500,000.

"When they took the money from a smaller level to a larger level, then that's fair," Hardaway said. "That's definitely more appealing to a certain group of guys as we saw this year."

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Tags: Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

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Penny Hardaway Compares G League Recruitment Of Prospects To 'Tampering'

May 1, 2020 3:01 PM

Penny Hardaway believes the NBA's new use of the G League is detrimental to college basketball as they are actively recruiting prospects who have already committed to schools.

“For me, I didn’t think the G League was built – and I could be wrong – to go and recruit kids that want to go to college out of going to college,” Hardaway said. “I thought they were going to be the organization that was going to be, if you want to go overseas or you absolutely did not want to play college 100 percent, that this would be the best situation for you before you go into the NBA.

“But taking guys out of their commitments (or) they’ve already signed and continuing to talk to their parents, it’s almost like tampering. I really don’t agree with that.”

Jalen Green had committed to Memphis, while Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix backed out of their commitments to Michigan and UCLA respectively.

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Tags: Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

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Jalen Green To Enter NBA/G League Professional Pathway Program

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Emoni Bates Becomes First Sophomore To Win Gatorade National Player Of The Year

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USA Basketball Cancels Hoop Summit

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NBA, NBPA Revises Draft Eligibility Rules For U.S.-Based Players In Limbo Between H.S., College

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