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Dereck Lively Commits To Duke

Sep 20, 2021 10:31 PM

Dereck Lively has committed to Duke for the incoming class of 2022. Lively is the No. 2 recruit in the class.

Lively chose Duke over Kentucky.

"I like the whole idea of the Brotherhood, Duke basketball and Duke University," Lively told ESPN. "I believe next year's team has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and maybe a national championship. After my playing career, a Duke degree is important to me."

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Tags: Dereck Lively II, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NBA

Chris Livingston Commits To Kentucky

Sep 15, 2021 9:12 PM

Chris Livingston has committed to Kentucky, giving them their third five-star prospect in the incoming class of 2022.

Livingston chose Kentucky over Georgetown and Tennessee State, after removing Memphis from his list earlier this month.

"The history of the school and the basketball program attracted me," Livingston told ESPN. "What coach Cal has done with past players has been impressive. He is a down-to-Earth guy. For a coaching legend, he is easy to talk to. I like how he stays connected with his former players."

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Emoni Bates Commits To Memphis

Aug 25, 2021 9:18 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to the University of Memphis as part of the incoming class of 2021.

Bates originally committed to Michigan State last summer before reopening his recruitment in April.

Bates had been ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2022 class since he first emerged on the recruiting scene early in his high school career, but he had an inconsistent junior season at Ypsi Prep (Michigan).

Bates and Jalen Duren are two of the four ESPN 100 prospects to commit to Memphis in the 2021 class.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

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Tags: Emoni Bates, Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

No. 6 Prospect Shaedon Sharpe Narrows List To Four Colleges, Plus G League Ignire

Aug 9, 2021 3:41 PM

Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 6 prospect in the ESPN class of 2022, says he has narrowed his list of options to five: the G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

Almost a complete unknown a year ago, either unranked or on the fringes of the top 100 of most recruiting services, the Canadian-born Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28 minutes over 12 games at the EYBL.

Sharpe says he will return to Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona, for his senior year of high school next week.

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No. 2 Recruit Keyonte George Commits To Baylor

Aug 9, 2021 3:39 PM

Keyonte George has announced his commitment to Baylor.

George, who cut his list back in May, chose the Bears over Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kentucky. He took official visits to four of his final five schools, with Kentucky the exception.

Texas had been the favorite for most of the spring, but a commitment from Arterio Morris in mid-July seemed to shift the chase to Baylor.

George is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 100 for 2022 -- but will move up to No. 2 with the top two prospects, Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, reclassifying into 2021.

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Emoni Bates Reclassifies For 2021 Incoming College Class

Aug 4, 2021 9:05 PM

Emoni Bates is reclassifying for the 2021 incoming class and could enroll in college for the upcoming season.

Bates announced on Instagram he's down to four options: Michigan State, where he decommitted from in the spring, Oregon, Memphis and the G League.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

Bates could end up playing college basketball for two years, or go to college for one year and then play in the G League or elsewhere for a year before entering the 2023 draft.


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Tags: Emoni Bates, Michigan State Spartans, Oregon Ducks, Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General

Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

Jul 22, 2021 11:12 AM

Mikey Williams has become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.

Williams will attend Lake Norman Christian in Huntersville, North Carolina, and play for Vertical Academy. Williams has signed a deal with Excel Sports Management that Excel vice president Matt Davis said he believes "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

"Mikey's relevance around his peers in the basketball community is off the charts," Davis told ESPN. "He's one of the most relevant personalities in the basketball community. His digital and social following speak for themselves."

Williams is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 and has over five million followers across multiple social media platforms.

While legislation recently allowed for college athletes to financially profit from NIL endorsement opportunities, no high school prospect unaffiliated with a college program has shown the ability to generate the revenue that Williams appears on the cusp of earning.

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Texas Lands No. 1 Transfer Marcus Carr

Jul 17, 2021 3:28 PM

The University of Texas has received a commitment from Marcus Carr, the No. 1 transfer this offseason. 

Carr opted for Texas instead of pursuing a professional basketball option in Australia. Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas were also on his final list of transfer options.

Carr earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season with Minnesota after averaging 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

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Tags: Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

Jul 9, 2021 10:29 AM

Jalen Lewis is signing a multi-year deal with the Overtime Elite professional league worth more than $1 million.

Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. 

Lewis is the 12th ranked prospect int he class of 2023 with interest from Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

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Johnny Juzang Withdraws From Draft, Returns To UCLA

Jul 8, 2021 10:31 AM

Johnny Juzang is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft to return to UCLA.

"Going through the draft process has been an amazing experience. I was blessed to connect with great people, learn and grow, and get a feel for life at the next level. I want to thank everybody who has helped me in this process including my family, trainers, school, and especially my dad who helped for countless hours!" Juzang posted to Twitter. "Westwood, I can't wait to go to war! We've got a team full of warriors and there's nobody I'd rather fight beside. With Coach Cronin and our staff, I'm very excited for this season. Let's do something special!"

In the Bruins' six NCAA tournament games, Juzang averaged 22.8 points and shot 50.9% from the field. Juzang averaged 16.0 points and 4.1 rebounds during the season.

ESPN rated Juzang as the No. 53 prospect in the draft, making him a fringe second round prospect. 

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Ohio's Jason Preston To Remain In Draft

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Reggie Theus Named Athletic Director, Head Coach At Bethune-Cookman University

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Penny Hardaway To Stay At Memphis, Adds Larry Brown As Assistant Coach

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Dior Johnson Announces Commitment To Oregon

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Augustas Marciulionis Commits To Saint Mary's

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Penny Hardaway Emerges As Head Coaching Candidate For NBA Job

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Juwan Howard Not Interested In Leaving Michigan For NBA

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No. 2 Ranked Jaden Hardy Signs With G League Ignite

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Mike Krzyzewski To Retire After 21-22 Season, Jon Scheyer To Become Coach-In-Waiting

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Makur Maker Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

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Isaiah Jackson Decides To Stay In Draft

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

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Matt Bewley, Ryan Bewley Become First Juniors To Join Overtime Elite League

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Mac McClung To Stay In 2021 NBA Draft

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TyTy Washington Commits To Kentucky

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Patrick Baldwin Jr. Commits To Milwaukee

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International Prospect Adama Bal Commits To Arizona

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Lindsay Gottlieb Leaves Cavs To Become Head Coach Of USC

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Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

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International Prospect Igor Milicic Commits To Virginia

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