NBA Draft Wiretap

Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke

Dec 6, 2018 4:36 PM

Vernon Carey Jr. has announced his commitment to Duke.

Carey is a 6'10 center and considered the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2019.

Carey's father played football at Miami and for the Miami Dolphins.

Carey chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina. 

"Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court," said Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director. "What makes him special is his ability to dominate in the paint while also being effective with his face-up game. His nimble footwork and soft touch is not talked about enough at his physically imposing size. His future upside lies in conditioning."

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2019 NBA Draft

Nov 30, 2018 9:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2019 NBA Draft prospects and the college basketball season so far.

They discuss Zion Williamson’s rise to consensus top prospect, his teammates at Duke, Bol Bol’s unique skill set, players who have improved their stock and much more.

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Darius Garland Out For Season With Meniscus Surgery

Nov 27, 2018 1:00 PM

Darius Garland will likely be out for the remainder of his freshman season at Vanderbilt due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Garland underwent successful surgery.

Garland's season ends with him averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.8 minutes per game.

Garland entered the season as a possible lottery pick.

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Tags: Darius Garland, Vanderbilt Commodores, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class

Nov 23, 2018 10:31 AM

Zion Williamson is settling in as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft class.

Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory.

"Don't overthink this one," said one high ranking executive.

"Don't pass up on another unicorn," said another.

Williamson has exceeded expectations over his first few weeks with Duke.

Some scouts believe the No. 1 pick will come down to Williamson and Cam Reddish, not RJ Barrett.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA B-Ball IQ

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James Wiseman Commits To Memphis Over Kentucky

Nov 20, 2018 5:05 PM

James Wiseman has committed to Memphis over Kentucky.

Wiseman is a seven-footer from Memphis.

Wiseman announced his decision on SportsCenter, bringing out a unicorn wearing the Memphis logo. He has been referred to as a "unicorn," like other players with his unique size and ability.

Early in his recruitment, Wiseman was considered a strong Kentucky lean.

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Darius Bazley Signs Endorsement Deal With New Balance

Oct 22, 2018 1:23 PM

Darius Bazley has signed an endorsement deal with New Balance worth $14 million and a guaranteed $1 million.

Bazley will spend the season training ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Bazley originally committed to Syracuse and is now represented by Rich Paul.

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Jontay Porter Out For Season With Torn ACL, MCL

Oct 22, 2018 9:28 AM

Jontay Porter will miss the entire upcoming season after tearing his ACL and MCL on Sunday.

Porter suffered the injuries during a scrimmage on Sunday against Southern Illinois.

Porter was expected to be a mid-first round pick in 2019. Porter tested the draft waters last spring.

Knee problems have been an issue for the Porter siblings in recent years. Bri Porter, Jontay and Michael's sister, retired from basketball before last season at Missouri after suffering her fifth ACL tear. 

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2019 NBA Draft, G League Changes And More

Oct 21, 2018 5:20 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2019 NBA Draft prospects and the overall player development system.

They discuss the NBA’s new G League payment path, the top players in the 2019 draft class, the overall strength of the last few drafts and much more.

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NBA Trying To Add Two Conditions To Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule

Oct 20, 2018 3:03 PM

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are struggling to reach an agreement on lowering the league's minimum age to 18.

The NBA is attempting to attach two conditions: requiring player-agents furnish all teams with medical information on draft prospects and also mandating players' attendance and some level of participation in the pre-draft combine.

The NBA hopes to have a deal with the NBPA to remove the one-and-done rule in time for the 2022 NBA Draft.

The league and union must collectively bargain any changes to a CBA that was ratified in 2016.

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USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects

Aug 29, 2018 12:19 PM

USA Basketball today announced plans to collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the expansion of its Men’s Junior National Team program to include additional training camps and year-round player development programming, with focuses on health and wellness and life skills. 

Through the expansion, USA Basketball’s Junior National Team will build on its existing basketball development program to provide unprecedented on- and off-court player development opportunities for more than 80 top U.S. high school players. 

Life-skills education and off-court development also will be major focus areas for the expanded program, with player education sessions on a variety of topics, including positive decision making, healthy relationships, cultural understanding and diversity, leadership and character development, collegiate eligibility and recruiting. 

The expansion will also introduce a first-of-its-kind parent education program to provide families with resources and information designed to help them support their athlete’s development on and off the court. 

Approximately 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six training camps and competitions throughout the 2018-19 calendar year, including the first Junior National Team minicamp for players from all high school grades from Oct. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 2018-19 schedule of USA Basketball Junior National Team training camps and competitions is as follows: 

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   October 2018              Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   April 2019                   Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Nike Hoop Summit:                                        April 2019                   Portland, Ore.
  • USA Basketball Training Camp:                    June 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • FIBA Americas U16 Championship:             June/July 2019            TBD

      FIBA U19 World Cup:                                   July 2019                    TBD

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   July 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Darius Bazley Won't Play In G League, Will Train On His Own For 2019 NBA Draft
Darius Bazley decommitted from Syracuse in March.

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NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule
USA Basketball prefers that the NBA make those decisions.

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NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents
The initial proposal indicates USA Basketball would determine the "elite" criteria.

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Brian Bowen Becomes First Player Signed To Australia's Next Stars Program
Brian Bowen was the No. 14 ranked recruit in ESPN's Top 100 in 2017.

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One-And-Done Rule Elimination Expected To Begin For 2022 NBA Draft
There is a sense that the NBA would prefer to make the terms of the rule change clear before any change actually goes into place.

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Cavaliers Rejected Offer From Hawks To Trade Up To No. 3
The Cavaliers could have selected Luka Doncic had they taken on the contract of Kent Bazemore.

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NBA Expected To Lower Age Limit In Time For 2021 Draft
Adam Silver revealed he believes the NBA is ready to scrap its one-and-done rule.

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Mavericks Had Luka Doncic No. 1 On Draft Board And 'It Wasn't Even Close'
The Mavericks made a bold move on draft night to acquire Luka Doncic.

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Hawks, Bulls, Kings Preparing To Use Cap Space For Trades Of Bad Contracts
The Hawks, Bulls and Kings are seeking draft assets in exchange for their cap space.

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Lakers Trying To Acquire Future First Round Pick
The Lakers want a future first round pick from another team as a sweetener in another trade.

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Proposal To Flip Start Of Free Agency, Draft Gaining Momentum
The NFL conducts their free agency period before the draft.

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Mavericks Chose Sending FRP To Hawks Over Taking On Kent Bazemore's Contract
The Mavericks didn't want to take on an extra year of Kent Bazemore's contract.

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Bulls Had Interest In Trading Up For Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson
The Bulls hoped Marvin Bagley would drop to the Hawks at No. 3.

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Hawks Pulled Out Of Trade With Bucks After Donte DiVincenzo Pick Leaked
The Hawks had a deal in place to acquire the No. 17 pick from the Bucks in exchange for a draft pick.

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Jazz Sought Input From Donovan Mitchell On Drafting Grayson Allen
Dennis Lindsey revealed that Donovan Mitchell texted David Morway after the Utah rookie watched him workout at CAA.

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Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Rodions Kurucs
The Nets used the 40th overall pick in the draft on Rodions Kurucs.

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Donnie Nelson Advocated For Luka Doncic As He Did Giannis Antetokounmpo In 2013
The last time Donnie Nelson advocated to Mark Cuban to trade up for a player prior to Luka Doncic, it was for Antetokounmpo.

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76ers Trade Mikal Bridges To Suns For Zhaire Smith, Miami's 2021 First Rounder Pick
The Suns acquired the draft pick from the Heat in the Goran Dragic trade.

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Mavericks Agree To Trade With Hawks For No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
The Mavericks have been targeting Luka Doncic.

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