March 2018 International Wiretap

LiAngelo Ball Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2018 9:38 AM

LiAngelo Ball has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Ball has played professionally with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienu since parting with UCLA in December.

Ball is expected to work out for several NBA teams when he returns from playing for Vytautas and will participate in the Pro Basketball Combine at IMG Academy (Florida) in May in front of team executives.

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Georgios Kalaitzakis Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2018 10:23 AM

Georgios Kalaitzakis told ESPN that he will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

"I am very happy with Panathinaikos, but I decided to enter the draft because it's my dream to play in the NBA," Kalaitzakis wrote ESPN. "With hard work and commitment, I think I will achieve my goal."

Kalaitzakis is viewed as a potential second round pick as a 6'6 combo guard.

Kalaitzakis is currently playing for Panathinaikos.

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Tags: Giorgos Kalaitzakis, Panathinaikos, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations, International Teams

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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."

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Tags: High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League, International

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