NBA Draft Wiretap

Patrick Baldwin Jr. Commits To Milwaukee

May 12, 2021 5:54 PM

Patrick Baldwin Jr. has committed to play for his father at Milwaukee. Baldwin turned down offers from the likes of Duke, Georgetown and Virginia.

Baldwin is the No. 4 recruit in the incoming class of 2021 and the No. 8 ranked prospect in the 2022 NBA mock draft.

Baldwin recalled the moment he told his parents he was staying home and playing for Milwaukee.

"I walked in the room and said, 'I have something to share with you. I want to play for you.' He gave me a hug, started crying and left the room," Baldwin said. "My mom and dad left the decision up to me. They gave me insight during the process but left the decision up to me."

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Alperen Sengun Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

May 12, 2021 10:48 AM

Alperen Sengun has declared for the 2021 NBA draft. Sengun is currently ESPN's No. 14 prospect in the class.

"At the beginning of the season, I didn't think my performance would be this high, but with every passing game I felt I could do more and more," Sengun said via email. "I believe that there are no limits for me to get better as a basketball player."

Sengun is averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes per game for Turkish league team Besiktas, shooting 65% from the field and 81% from the free throw line.

Sengun has drawn comparison from scouts to Kevin Love and Domantas Sabonis. 

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Max Abmas To Enter NBA Draft, Will Retain College Eligibility

May 9, 2021 6:29 PM

Oral Roberts sophomore Max Abmas will enter the NBA Draft, sources told ESPN on Sunday.

Abmas will maintain his college eligibility.

"My plan is to enter the draft and get as much feedback as I can. I'm hoping to work my way into the first round or get some type of guaranteed contract to help me decide whether to stay in," said Abmas.

Abmas is currently the No. 30 prospect in the ESPN 100.

Abmas, who lead Division I in scoring with 24.5 points per game, was named the Summit League Player of the Year. 

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Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

May 4, 2021 10:45 AM

Franz Wagner has left Michigan for the 2021 NBA draft.

Wagner plans to hire an agent and was the highest rated player on ESPN's board still unannounced on his draft intentions. Wagner is currently No. 9 on ESPN's board.

Wagner is the younger brother of another former Michigan first-round pick, the Orlando Magic's Moe Wagner.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2021 NBA Draft And More

Apr 30, 2021 2:31 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down 2021 NBA Draft prospects.

They discuss how March Madness changed the draft, Evan Mobley’s ideal NBA role, the evolving center position, potential best players on championship teams and much more.

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Josh Giddey Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 27, 2021 9:30 PM

Josh Giddey has declared for the 2021 NBA draft.

Giddey is currently the No. 13 prospect in ESPN's Top 100 draft rankings.

Giddey has spent this season with the Adelaide 36ers of the NBL, averaging 11 points, 7.4 assists and 7.1 rebounds.

"I know that playing in the NBL has more than prepared me for the next level, so I'm ready to take that jump and enter the 2021 NBA Draft," Giddey told ESPN in a statement. "The 36ers have done a great job developing me, and have put a lot of work into my game over the entire time I've been here. My teammates and the coaching staff here in Adelaide have helped my game reach a new level, and that's only given me more confidence that this is the right decision for me."

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Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

Apr 23, 2021 4:37 PM

Michael Foster Jr. has signed to play with the G League Ignite during the 21-22 season.

Foster is ESPN's No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 and the first player to join the Ignite for next season.

A 2021 McDonald’s All-American, Foster spent his last two high school seasons at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, where he averaged 32.2 points and 18.4 rebounds as a senior and 26.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.1 blocks as a junior.

Foster is a native of Milwaukee. 

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Gui Santos Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 22, 2021 9:35 PM

Gui Santos has submitted paperwork to the league office to make himself eligible for the 2021 NBA draft, his agent Aylton Tesch of A11 Sports Management told ESPN.

Santos is the No. 33 prospect in ESPN's 2022 mock draft.

Because of his youth and the lack of scouting opportunities caused by the pandemic, Santos was not originally expected to be a part of the 2021 NBA draft class.

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Kentucky Forward Olivier Sarr Declares For Draft

Apr 21, 2021 1:11 AM

Kentucky senior Olivier Sarr declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Tuesday.

Sarr, who transferred from Wake Forest last season, averaged 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats have lost Sarr, Brandon Boston Jr.Terrence Clarke and Isaiah Jackson to the draft thus far. 

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Johnny Juzang Declares For Draft, Could Still Return To UCLA

Apr 20, 2021 3:42 PM

Johnny Juzang is entering the 2021 NBA Draft but will maintain the ability to return to UCLA.

Juzang, the No. 50 prospect in the ESPN 100 NBA draft rankings, was named second-team All-Conference in the Pac-12 after a productive season in which he averaged 16 points and 4.1 rebounds for UCLA.

Juzang was one of the most improved players in the country after averaging just 2.9 points in 12 minutes per game as a freshman at Kentucky, leading him to transfer in the offseason to be closer to home.

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ESPN Moves Paolo Banchero To No. 1 In Latest 2022 NBA Mock Draft

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Jalen Suggs Leaves Gonzaga For 2021 NBA Draft

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Chet Holmgren Commits To Gonzaga

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Evan Mobley Leaves USC For NBA Draft

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Gonzaga Guard Joel Ayayi Declares To NBA Draft

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Arkansas Guard Moses Moody Declares For Draft, Hires Agent

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Scotty Pippen Jr. Declares For NBA Draft, Will Retain Eligibility

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Keon Johnson Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

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Marcus Bagley Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent

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Ayo Dosunmu Leaves Illinois For 2021 NBA Draft

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Miles McBride To Enter Draft, Will Maintain College Eligibility

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Sharife Cooper Leaves Auburn To Declare For 2021 NBA Draft

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Duke Freshman DJ Steward Enters Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

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Cade Cunningham Leaves Oklahoma State For 2021 NBA Draft

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Charles Bassey Leaves Western Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

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James Bouknight To Enter NBA Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

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Austin Reaves Leaves Oklahoma For 2021 NBA Draft

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Jaden Springer Declares For NBA Draft, Will Sign With Agent

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2021 NBA Draft Scheduled For July 29th, Lottery For June 22nd

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Kai Jones Leaves Texas For 2021 NBA Draft

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