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Rodions Kurucs Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 21, 2018 2:45 PM

Rodions Kurucs has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Kurucs is a probable first round pick as a 6'10 combo forward.

Kurucs has received little playing time with Barcelona.

Kurucs entered the 2017 NBA draft against the wishes of Barcelona but was forced to withdraw at the deadline despite strong interest in the late first round, as his exorbitant buyout, which reportedly was around €4 million, would have made it difficult for him to have joined the NBA immediately. 

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Luka Doncic Officially Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 21, 2018 1:41 PM

Luka Doncic has officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Doncic submitted his paperwork to formally enter his name.

Doncic is a candidate to go first overall in the draft.

Doncic is averaging 14.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season for Real Madrid.

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Tyus Battle Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 20, 2018 1:31 PM

Tyus Battle has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft but he will not hire an agent.

Battle is a projected first round pick.

Battle averaged 19.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 38.9 minutes per game in his sophomore season at Syracuse.

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Zhaire Smith Hires Agent, Will Remain In 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 18, 2018 10:14 AM

Zhaire Smith has hired an agent and will remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Smith said he is signing with Roc Nation. 

Smith averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his lone season at Texas Tech.

Smith is a projected lottery pick.

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Hamidou Diallo Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2018 5:28 PM

Hamidou Diallo has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and will sign with an agent.

ESPN ranks Diallo as the No. 35 prospect in the 2018 draft class and projected him as an early-second-round pick in its most recent mock draft.

“A year ago I tested the waters to get some feedback and then make the best possible decision for my career," Diallo said. "I chose to come back and I’m so happy I did. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Nothing made me prouder than to put that Kentucky name across my chest.

"Coming back to school I knew wasn’t going to be easy Coach Cal told me it would be the hardest thing I would ever have to do and it was. But I grew up and became a man this year on and off the court. I know I’ve only scratched the surface with my game, but I’m now prepared to do it because of the work I’ve put in at Kentucky and the support of everyone at this university. With that said, I’m entering my name into the 2018 NBA Draft and am ready to take the next step.

"Thank you to the Big Blue Nation. You took in a kid from New York and made him once of your own. I love you guys and can’t thank you enough for believing in me and supporting me through everything."

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Wendell Carter Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2018 12:32 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. will leave Duke to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Carter needed more time to make his decision than most other projected lottery picks.

“I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not only on the court, but off it as well,” Carter said in a statement on his Instagram account. "We’re all brothers, we all have each others’ backs. I’m really going to miss being around my friends, but I’m really going to cherish the moments we had together. I’m very excited and very happy to say I was part of something special here at Duke.”

Carter averaged 13.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds this past season at Duke.

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Moe Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 14, 2018 3:37 PM

Moe Wagner will forgo his final season in college and enter the 2018 NBA Draft.

"I've decided to sign with an agent and enter the 2018 NBA draft," Wagner wrote for The Players' Tribune.

He also wrote in his native German, "Alle träume klingen verrückt. Bis sie wahr warden." It's a saying he took from a Dirk Nowitzki poster, and in English it means, "All dreams are crazy. Until they come true."

Last year, NBA executives told Wagner he was a likely second-round pick who might even go undrafted.

Wagner could be picked late in the first round this year.

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Ties Broken For 2018 NBA Draft Order

Apr 13, 2018 5:49 PM

The NBA has broken several draft order ties on Friday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder won the No. 20 overall pick with the Utah Jazz getting pick No. 21, New Orleans Pelicans pick No. 22 (which will be conveyed to the Chicago Bulls) and Indiana Pacers at No. 23.

The San Antonio Spurs won their tiebreaker over the Minnesota Timberwolves and will pick No. 18. Minnesota's pick at No. 19 will be conveyed to the Atlanta Hawks.

In the most consequential tiebreaker, the Miami Heat won the tiebreaker over the Milwaukee Bucks and will pick No. 16 with that selection being conveyed to the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks will keep their pick at No. 17 as it would have conveyed to the Suns if it was No. 16 or higher.

The Bulls won their tiebreaker over the Sacramento Kings for No. 6. Both teams will have equal odds for a top-3 pick.

In the final tiebreaker, the Dallas Mavericks won their coin flip with the Atlanta Hawks and will get the No. 3 draft slot.

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Dzanan Musa Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 12, 2018 4:57 PM

Dzanan Musa has submitted paperwork to make himself eligible for the 2018 NBA draft.

"I decided to declare for the NBA draft because I think it's a great opportunity to make my dreams come true, and I think I'm ready for it," Musa told ESPN. "It was not a difficult decision, because I have my goal and the goal is to play in the NBA."

Musa plays for KK Cedevita Zagreb.

Musa is the No. 21 prospect in the ESPN Top 100 and is considered a strong first-round pick candidate by NBA teams.

 

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Wendell Carter Jr. Undecided About Declaring For NBA

Apr 11, 2018 11:24 AM

Wendell Carter Jr. remains undecided about whether to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Carter's parents have opposing views on what he should decide.

"I told him I wanted him to come back," Carter's mom Kylia Carter told The Undefeated. "His jaw dropped. It has nothing to do with basketball. It's about you. It's about who he is. He is a student at core. Yes, he is a great basketball player. But he's an 18-year-old kid. He is having a tug with a heart and his mind. I don't feel for him because I think it's good for him that he is going through this struggle. It's his decision. He has to live with it." 

Carter is expected to be a lottery pick if he leaves Duke.

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Jalen Brunson Leaves Villanova For 2018 NBA Draft
Jalen Brunson is expected to be a late first round pick.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Leaves Kentucky For 2018 NBA Draft
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the No. 12 prospect in the ESPN 100 despite coming into the season as Kentucky's 9th highest rated player.

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Mikal Bridges Leaves Villanova For 2018 NBA Draft
Mikal Bridges is a projected lottery pick.

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Khyri Thomas Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Khyri Thomas will be eligible to return to Creighton.

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Luka Doncic Compares His Game To Ben Simmons
Luka Doncic's statistical projection is the highest on record, even beating Anthony Davis coming out of Kentucky.

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Collin Sexton Leaves Alabama For 2018 NBA Draft
Collin Sexton is expected to be a lottery pick.

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Gary Trent Jr. Leaves Duke For 2018 NBA Draft
Gary Trent Jr. averaged 14.5 points per game in 33.8 minutes per game.

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Kevin Knox Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
Kevin Knox is considered a potential lottery pick.

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Vasilis Charalampopoulos Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Vasilis Charalampopoulos is a 21-year-old 6-foot-9 power forward.

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Trevon Duval Leaves Duke For 2018 NBA Draft
Trevon Duval is a likely second round pick.

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Troy Brown Leaves Oregon For 2018 NBA Draft
Troy Brown is the No. 20 prospect in the ESPN 100.

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Jaren Jackson Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Jaren Jackson Jr. is widely expected to be a top-5 pick.

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Jacob Evans Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Jacob Evans is ranked as the 24th best prospect by ESPN.

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Darius Bazley Will Enter G League Directly From High School
Darius Bazley is a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Tyler Davis Testing Draft Waters
Tyler Davis averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds during his junior season at Texas A&M.

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Marvin Bagley Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Marvin Bagley is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

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Miles Bridges Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Miles Bridges will sign with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

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LiAngelo Ball Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
LiAngelo Ball has played professionally with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienu since parting with UCLA in December.

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Michael Porter Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Michael Porter Jr. will sign with an agent.

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Keita Bates-Diop Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Keita Bates-Diop is currently ranked 19th on ESPN's Top 100 NBA prospects.

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