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Darius Bazley Will Enter G League Directly From High School

Mar 29, 2018 3:42 PM

Darius Bazley has decommitted from Syracuse and will play in the G League directly from high school.

Unlike other recent top prospects that decided against going to college, Bazley will go to the G League instead of playing overseas.

Bazley is a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

“This is a life-changing decision,” Bazley, one of the top players in the Class of 2018, told Yahoo Sports. “I put a lot of thinking into this with my mom and close circle, especially sitting down with her. It’s just like making the decision to which college you want to go to. Me and her did some talking, and I prayed on it. I talked to my high school coach, Steve, who played overseas, and then I talked to a couple of guys in the G League who have experience. Ultimately, playing professional basketball has always been my dream. It’s always going to be the dream goal, always going to be the goal until I achieve it. This is going to put me one step closer to doing so.

“The G League will have the most to offer, considering that is the development league for the NBA,” he continued. “I will get more out of that than going overseas. The G League is the closest thing to the NBA. I see most guys now are spending time in the G League even after they went to school and the draft, so this gives me the chance to accelerate the process. There have been a lot of successful guys who have been brought up in the G League, and I’m confident that I will be one of them.

“I’m self-motivated because I know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. This is how I want to make a living. This is how I want to provide for my family, and provide for my love of basketball. I’m not playing any games with this. I’m attacking this straight forward. I’m not maneuvering around this, take any side steps. I’m taking this head on. This is the decision that I made, and I know it will work. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I’m going to do just that.”

Bazley turns 18 in June and will then be eligible to formally sign a G League contract in September and enter the league’s annual draft in October.

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Anfernee Simons Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2018 11:04 AM

Anfernee Simons will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility. 

Simons is one year removed from high school graduation and turns 19 in June, making him eligible for the draft without spending one season in college.

Simons was a top-10 high school recruit and spent his fifth year at IMG.

Simons was recently named to the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic events.

"After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft," Simons said. "I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me. I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA."

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Zion Williamson Headlines 2018 USA Nike Hoop Summit Roster

Mar 13, 2018 1:16 PM

The United States' roster for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland has been announced.

The USA will be led by 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup bronze medalists Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.) and Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.) and 2015 FIBA Americas U16 gold medalist Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.).

Suiting up for the USA with prior training camp experience will be Darius Bazley (Princeton H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio); Bol Bol (Findlay College Prep, Nev./Olathe, Kan.); Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.); Tyler Herro (Whitnall H.S./Greenfield, Wis.); Keldon Johnson (Oak Hill Academy/Sterling, Va.); Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy/Altamonte Springs, Fla.); and Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C.).

David McCormack (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) will be taking part in his first event with USA Basketball.

Additionally, Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.), who was a member of the bronze medal winning 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team, will attend the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the U.S. team but is unable to participate due to injury.

DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones was selected head coach of the 2018 USA team for the Nike Hoop Summit, while 1996 Olympic gold medalist Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway , head coach at Memphis East H.S. (Tenn.), will serve as the USA's assistant coach.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year

Mar 9, 2018 1:30 PM

R.J. Barrett has been named the 2018 Naismith High School Boys' Player of the Year.

Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award and first since Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins captured the honour following his 2013 season at Huntington Prep. 

Last November, the ESPN No. 1 recruit committed to join Duke University next season.

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Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones

Mar 2, 2018 1:11 PM

The Australian National Basketball League has formalized a rule that should make it much easier for future prospects to forgo college and develop in Australia instead.

Terrance Ferguson, the No. 11 high school recruit in 2016, signed with the Adelaide 36ers instead of being a one-and-done in college and was drafted by the Thunder in 2017 with the No. 21 overall pick.

Sources told ESPN those players will be paid 100,000 Australian dollars gross guaranteed (approximately $78,000 U.S.), funded directly by the league.

"Unlike other countries where players and agents deal with clubs, the NBL will directly contract the players," NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman said in a release provided exclusively to ESPN. "We will make sure the players get the development they need as part of the program with our clubs, giving them the best chance of success.

"The NBL provides strong visibility back to the U.S. Our league is closest to the NBA in terms of style of play and game day presentation. We will work to build a program to provide the right access to NBA teams and scouts alike."

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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Barack Obama Suggests NBA Create Junior League Due To Issues With NCAA Structure

Feb 27, 2018 9:49 AM

Barack Obama spoke for an hour at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference last Friday. The talk was off-the-record but some of his comments have since leaked.

Obama stated he believes the NBA would benefit from a junior league "so that the NCAA is not serving as a farm system for the NBA with a bunch of kids who are unpaid but are under enormous financial pressure."

“It’s not solely the NBA, but—the need to create a well-structured D-league, so that the NCAA is not serving as a farm system for the NBA with a bunch of kids who are unpaid but are under enormous financial pressure," said Obama. "It’s just not a sustainable way of doing business. And then when everybody acts shocked that some kid from extraordinarily poor circumstances who’s got potentially 5 or 10 or 15 million dollars waiting for him is going to be circled by everybody, in a context in which people are making billions of dollars... That won’t solve all the problems, but what it will do is reduce the hypocrisy, and the likelihood of people being like Claude Rains in Casablanca walking in and saying “I’m shocked that there’s gambling going on in here!” and these kids who generally don’t have a lot of resources are able to help their families.”

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Stan Van Gundy: One-And-Done Rule Has Racist Element

Feb 26, 2018 9:25 AM

Stan Van Gundy was critical of both the NCAA and the NBA's one-and-done rule that prohibits American-born basketball players from entering the NBA directly from high school.

“People that were against (players) coming out (of high school) made a lot of excuses, but I think a lot of it was racist," said Van Gundy. "I’ve never heard anybody go up in arms about (minor-league baseball or hockey)."

Van Gundy's comments came in response to allegations that money was funneled to college basketball players with the assistance of several coaches.

“The NCAA is one of the worst organizations – maybe the worst organization – in sports. They certainly don’t care about the athlete.”

Vincent Ellis/Detroit Free Press

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Zion Williamson Commits To Duke

Jan 20, 2018 8:22 PM

Zion Williamson has committed to Duke.

Williamson is widely considered the second best prospect in the incoming class of 2018.

Williamson will join top overall recruit R.J. Barrett at Duke.

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R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson Headline 2018 McDonald's All-American Team

Jan 16, 2018 5:06 PM

The 2018 McDonald's All-American Teams have been announced, headlined by R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

East
R.J Barrett (No. 1, Duke)
Moses Brown (No. 17, uncommitted)
Darius Garland (No. 11, Vanderbilt)
Louis King (No. 21, Oregon)
Romeo Langford (No. 5, uncommitted)
David McCormack (No. 33, Kansas)
E.J. Montgomery (No. 31, uncommitted)
Immanuel Quickley (No. 12, Kentucky)
Nazreon Reid (No. 18, LSU)
Jalen Smith (No. 15, Maryland)
Coby White (No. 25, North Carolina)
Zion Williamson (No. 2, uncommitted)

West
Darius Bazley (No. 9, Syracuse)
Bol Bol (No. 4, Oregon)
Jordan Brown (No. 30, uncommitted)
Devon Dotson (No. 26, Kansas)
Quentin Grimes (No. 13, Kansas)
Keldon Johnson (No. 7, Kentucky)
Tre Jones (No. 10, Duke)
Nassir Little (No. 14, North Carolina)
Reggie Perry (No. 16, Mississippi State)
Jahvon Quinerly (No. 23, uncommitted)
Cameron Reddish (No. 3, Duke)
Simisola Shittu (No. 6, Vanderbilt)

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LaVar Ball Starting League For High School Graduates

Dec 20, 2017 7:29 PM

LaVar Ball has announced he will start a basketball league for high school prospects that want to bypass the NCAA.

The Junior Basketball Association will pay players as much as $10,000 per month.

The league would allow high school players to bypass the NCAA to prepare for the NBA.

Ball is looking for 80 players to fill 10 teams that will seek to play at NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.

"Getting these players is going to be easy," Ball told ESPN. "This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we're going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids."

Ball said he was partly motivated by the comments made earlier in the month by NCAA president Mark Emmert, who was asked at a SportsBusiness Journal conference whether Ball was good or bad for the college game.

"Is this about someone being part of a university and playing basketball or any other sport with that school's jersey on, representing that institution, or is it about preparing me for my career, my professional career as a ballplayer?" Emmert responded. "If it's the latter, you can do that inside a university and that might be a really good way to go. But if you don't want to and you don't think that it's right for your family, then don't come."

"He was right," Ball said. "Those kids who are one-and-done, they shouldn't be there with the NCAA trying to hold them hostage, not allowing them to keep the jersey they wear while selling replicas of them in stores. So our guy isn't going to go to Florida State for a year. He's going to come to our league."

Players will wear Big Baller Brand products.

The logo features a silhouette of Lonzo Ball.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball Agree To One-Year Deals With Vytautas Prienai
LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball will report in January.

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