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Marvin Bagley Jr. Signs Endorsement Deal With Puma

Jun 14, 2018 7:33 PM

Marvin Bagley Jr. and Puma have agreed upon a five-year endorsement deal.

The contract is expected to be the most lucrative deal signed by a draft pick since Kevin Durant since with Nike in 2007.

Puma is believed to be negotiating with other players in this draft as they look to enter the basketball market.

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Wendell Carter Jr.'s Mother Compares NCAA System To Slavery, Prison System

May 7, 2018 8:10 PM

The mother of Wendell Carter Jr., Kylia Carter compared the current system of NCAA basketball to slavery and a prison system.

Carter declared for the 2018 NBA Draft as an anticipated lottery pick, but it reportedly was a difficult decision.

Kylia Carter's comments came at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

"When you remove all the bling and the bells and the sneakers and all that," she said, "you've paid for a child to come to your school to do what you wanted them to do for you, for free, and you made a lot of money when he did that, and you've got all these rules in place that say he cannot share in any of that. The only other time when labor does not get paid but yet someone else gets profits and the labor is black and the profit is white, is in slavery.

"To be honest with you," she said, "it's nauseating."

Kylia Carter played basketball at and graduated from Ole Miss.

"This would be even harder to say in the crowd, but I can say it here," she said in a hallway following the meeting. "It feels intentional. It feels like it was built this way intentionally. I can't move that from my thoughts.

"Should the NCAA be removed? Yes, because I don't trust it," she said. "You're not to be trusted because your intentions are clear. Let's call this group in the middle, let's call it something else. Let's put some real reform in there and call it something different and get rid of the current status quo because it's based on indentured servitude."

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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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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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Gary Trent Jr. Leaves Duke For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 7, 2018 2:07 PM

Gary Trent Jr. has announced he will leave Duke for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Trent averaged 14.5 points per game in 33.8 minutes per game. 

Trent broke J.J. Redick's Duke freshman record for 3-point field goals with 97. Redick had 95 in 2003.

"Gary was the best three-point shooter in the ACC," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a press release. "At the NBA level, that’s what they’re looking for. He has the size of a two-guard who will be able to fit in the NBA. We appreciate everything Gary brought to Duke Basketball and wish him the best as he begins his journey in professional basketball."

Trent is projected to be a mid-first round pick.

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Trevon Duval Leaves Duke For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 5, 2018 10:21 AM

Trevon Duval has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

"We wish Trevon the very best," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement on Wednesday. "He showed unbelievable improvement, especially at the end of the year. His athleticism and his ability to guard at the next level will help him. We know that great things will happen for Trevon as he embarks on his pro career and will be watching and supporting him every step of the way."

Several NBA executives told ESPN that the athletic Duval is a likely second-round pick in June's draft. 

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Marvin Bagley Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2018 6:22 PM

Marvin Bagley Jr. has announced his decision to leave Duke to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

"I can’t believe the time has come for me to say this but I would like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft," wrote Bagley on Instagram. "First off I want to thank Jesus for putting me here and allowing me to show my gifts that he has given me. I want to thank my family and everyone who has been in my corner since day one, the support has meant a lot to me. I also want to thank those who doubted me and continue to doubt me, it only pushes me to get better every single day. I learned a lot this year on and off of the court and I’m thankful for the opportunity. Thank you Duke!!!"

Bagley is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year

Mar 9, 2018 1:30 PM

R.J. Barrett has been named the 2018 Naismith High School Boys' Player of the Year.

Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award and first since Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins captured the honour following his 2013 season at Huntington Prep. 

Last November, the ESPN No. 1 recruit committed to join Duke University next season.

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Zion Williamson Commits To Duke

Jan 20, 2018 8:22 PM

Zion Williamson has committed to Duke.

Williamson is widely considered the second best prospect in the incoming class of 2018.

Williamson will join top overall recruit R.J. Barrett at Duke.

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