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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft

Aug 16, 2017 10:19 AM

Michael Porter, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic comprise the top-4 of the first mock draft from Jonathan Givony of ESPN for 2018.

Porter is a multi-talented, highly athletic combo forward.

Bagley reclassified to the incoming freshman class of 2017 and will attend Duke.

Doncic has been widely considered a potential top overall pick but scouts have concerns on whether he is athletic enough to defend his position as well as create his own shot.

1. Michael Porter
2. Marvin Bagley
3. DeAndre Ayton
4. Luka Doncic
5. Robert Williams
6. Miles Bridges
7. Mohamed Bamba
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson
10. Wendell Carter
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Mitchell Robinson
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Rodions Kurucs
22. Nick Richards
23. Shake Milton
24. Grayson Allen
25. Isaac Bonga
26. De'Anthony Melton
27. Austin Wiley
28. Tyus Battle
29. Brandon McCoy
30. Andrew Jones

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke

Aug 14, 2017 11:35 PM

Marvin Bagley has announced he will attend Duke.

Bagley was the top player in the incoming class of 2018 before reclassifying for 2017.

The Blue Devils already had Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. as part of their incoming class.

Bagley is expected to be one of the top selections in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18

Aug 10, 2017 12:10 AM

Jontay Porter will reclassify for the class of 2018 to join his brother, Michael Porter Jr., at Missouri.

The Porters' father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach at Missouri.

"This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter told ESPN on Wednesday. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

There is little more than a year in age difference between the brothers.

Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the incoming class of 2018.

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Tags: Jontay Porter, Missouri Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018

Jul 31, 2017 12:39 PM

R.J. Barrett has reclassified for the class of 2018. Barrett was previously the top-ranked player in the class of 2018.

"After playing this summer I felt good where I am from a basketball standpoint," Barrett told ESPN.

Barrett is accelerating his college search.

"The schools that are have been on me the hardest are Arizona, Duke, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Kansas," Barrett said.

Recently Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, USC and Michigan State have begun showing interest in Barrett.

Barrett will be in the draft class of 2019 if he stays one year in college.

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Marvin Bagley Considering Reclassifying For 2017 Freshman Class

Jul 14, 2017 12:45 PM

Marvin Bagley is considering reclassifying to the 2017 incoming freshman class.

Bagley is scheduled to visit Duke while he's also considering USC, Kentucky and Arizona.

If Bagley reclassifies, the 2018 draft class will become even stronger at the top with Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic and DeAndre Ayton.

Jerry Meyer/247 Sports

Tags: Marvin Bagley III, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

John Calipari Reached Out To Knicks About President Opening

Jun 29, 2017 6:59 PM

John Calipari reached out to the New York Knicks to express interest in their president of basketball operations job.

The Knicks, however, do not have interest in Calipari at this time. Calipari presumably would want the dual role of head coach and president.

Calipari has been at Kentucky since 2009. Calipari was briefly in the NBA in the 1990s with the Nets and has been connected to a number of openings in recent seasons. Calipari appears to have interest in returning to the NBA, at least at some point before he retires.

With more former players currently in the NBA than any other college coach, Calipari would seem to be a natural fit for a big market franchise like the Knicks in terms of free agent recruitment.

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Tags: New York Knicks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: 2017 NBA Draft Breakdown With Sam Vecenie

Jun 24, 2017 1:52 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2017 NBA Draft.

They discuss the top picks, the massive Timberwolves/Bulls trade, their favorite sleepers, some early players to watch for 2018 and much more.

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Mike Brown Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job

Jun 8, 2017 12:35 PM

Ohio State is considering pursuing Mike Brown for their head coaching vacancy.

The Buckeyes parted ways with Thad Matta this week and appeared close to hiring Greg McDermott but he has decided to remain at Creighton.

Fred Hoiberg has also been linked to the job.

No contact has been made yet with Brown.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Fred Hoiberg Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job

Jun 7, 2017 8:09 PM

Fred Hoiberg has emerged as a candidate for the newly vacant Ohio State job.

Hoiberg recently completed his second season in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. Hoiberg previously coached at Iowa State.

Ohio State parted ways with Thad Matta this week.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Ohio State Parts Ways With Thad Matta

Jun 5, 2017 2:05 PM

Ohio State has parted ways with Thad Matta as head coach.

Matta, whose tenure spanned 13 seasons (2005-2017) is the all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history.

A national search for the next Ohio State head coach will begin immediately. 

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Emmanuel Akot Reclassifies To Join Arizona One Year Early
Emmanuel Akot will join DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Randolph, Ira Lee and Alex Barcello as top 100 prospects for Arizona.

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Joel Ayayi Commits To Gonzaga
Joel Ayayi is considered one of the best young international point guards.

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NBA Announces 182 Early Entry Candidates For 2017 Draft
Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than June 12.

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Bam Adebayo To Sign With Agent, Stay In Draft
Bam Adebayo is projected to be selected in the first round.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Frank Jackson Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent
Enough NBA teams expressed interest for Frank Jackson to enter the draft process.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Shaq's Son Shareef O'Neal Commits To Arizona
Shareef O'Neal is a 6'8 power forward from Crossroad School in Santa Monica ranked No. 19 in the class of 2018.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Jordan Bell Declares For Draft, Signs With Agent
Jordan Bell is projected to be the No. 38 overall pick in the latest mock draft of Draft Express.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

P.J. Dozier To Hire Agent, Stay In Draft
P.J. Dozier is considered a second round pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Knox Turned Down $1.4M Offer From Team In China
Kevin Knox is still deciding which college to attend, picking between Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, Missouri and North Carolina.

Bob Putnam/Tampa Bay Times

Jarrett Allen To Hire Agent, Stay In Draft
Jarrett Allen is expected to be a mid-first round pick.

Brian Davis/American-Statesman Staff

Zach Collins Leaves Gonzaga For Draft
Zach Collins is expected to be a lottery pick, or just outside of it in June's draft.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tyler Dorsey Declares For NBA Draft
Tyler Dorsey reportedly had a lucrative offer last summer from Olympiacos, which could serve as a backup plan if he doesn't make an NBA roster.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2017, 2018 Drafts
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News catch up on the prospects in the 2017 and 2018 Drafts.

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Luke Kennard Leaves Duke For NBA Draft
Luke Kennard will sign with an agent and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

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Bam Adebayo Declares For Draft, Won't Immediately Hire Agent
Bam Adebayo is projected to be selected anywhere between 19th and 30th.

Jerry Tipton/Herald-Leader

Isaiah Briscoe Declares For NBA Draft, Plans To Hire Agent
Isaiah Briscoe will either be a second round pick or go undrafted.

Jared Peck/Herald-Leader

Justin Patton To Leave Creighton For NBA Draft
Justin Patton averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for Creighton as a 7-foot freshman center.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Malik Monk Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
Malik Monk was Player of the Year in the SEC and is expected to be a top-10 pick.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

De'Aaron Fox Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
De'Aaron Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Kentucky.

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Patrick Ewing Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Georgetown
Patrick Ewing will immediately assume his duties with the Hoyas and leave the Hornets' coaching staff.

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