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Silver, Roberts Discuss One-And-Done With NCAA Commission

Nov 17, 2017 1:25 PM

Adam Silver and Michele Roberts met with the new Commission on College Basketball.

Silver and Roberts delivered the league and union perspectives on issues facing the basketball industry, including ways that changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact their products.

The NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league's early-entry rules.

The commission is chaired by Condoleeza Rice.

The union has long wanted players able to enter the NBA draft out of high school, but they ceded that in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement.

Silver told ESPN's Mike & Mike last month that the one-and-done rule is "clearly not working for the college game."

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Michael Porter Jr. Tweaks Hip During Warmups

Nov 11, 2017 9:33 AM

Michael Porter Jr. tweaked his hip after less than two minutes of play during his debut game for Missouri.

Porter is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Cuonzo Martin said Porter was held out as a "precaution." According to a team spokesman, Porter tweaked his hip during warmups and aggravated the injury during the game.

Porter held ice on his left hip during the first half.

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri Tigers, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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R.J. Barrett Commits To Duke

Nov 10, 2017 6:23 PM

R.J. Barrett has announced he will attend Duke as an incoming freshman in 2018.

Barrett is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Barrett recently reclassified from the class of 2019 to 2018.

Barrett attends Montverde Academy in Florida and is a native of Canada.

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NBA Scout: Top-4 Prospects In 2018 Would Have Each Gone No. 1 In 2017

Nov 8, 2017 10:43 AM

While the 2017 NBA draft class has tremendous depth, the 2018 class has more franchise player potential prospects in Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr., Marvin Bagley and DeAndre Ayton.

“Any one of them in the top four next year would have gone first in this year’s draft,” one longtime NBA scout told The Undefeated. “That’s not a knock on this year’s draft, nor is it saying it wasn’t good. It had a lot of depth in it, more than next year will. There is no one in this year’s draft that could be a franchise player, but there is a couple in next year’s draft.”

Porter enters his freshman season at Missouri as the highest rated college basketball prospect.

“High skill level as a passer and a shooter for a guy his size," said an NBA scout. "Superb ball handler in the open floor. Possesses an above-average basketball IQ. The game comes easy to him, which allows him to make it easy for others.”

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Doncic, Porter, Bagley In Top-3 Of ESPN's First 2018 NBA Draft Big Board

Nov 6, 2017 9:51 AM

Jonathan Givony released his initial Top 100 for the 2018 NBA Draft, headlined by Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III.

Top-25
1. Luka Doncic
2. Michael Porter Jr.
3. Marvin Bagley III
4. Deandre Ayton
5. Mohamed Bamba
6. Miles Bridges
7. Robert Williams
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson Jr.
10. Wendell Carter Jr.
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Kevin Knox
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Mitchell Robinson
22. Rodions Kurucs
23. Nick Richards
24. Nickeil Alexander-Walker
25. Emmanuel Akot

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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RealGM Radio: NBA Draft With Sam Vecenie

Oct 26, 2017 5:06 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) go in-depth on the 2018 Draft.

They discuss the contenders for the #1 overall pick, which college teams to watch, sleepers, the impact of the FBI investigation and much more.

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Joel Embiid Planned To Stay At Kansas For Sophomore Season

Oct 13, 2017 10:05 AM

Joel Embiid wanted to remain at Kansas for his sophomore season but he was "pushed" to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

"It's funny. I don't think anybody knows this story, but I actually decided to stay because I loved this place so much. But I was kind of pushed away," said Embiid.

Embiid was the third overall pick in the draft and missed the first two seasons of his career due to multiple foot surgeries.

Embiid's season at Kansas was cut short due to a back injury.

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Louisville Fires Rick Pitino

Sep 27, 2017 12:01 PM

Louisville has fired Rick Pitino as head coach.

A national "pay-for-play" scheme involved Louisville, which was the latest in a string of scandals involving Pitino's program.

Louisville won the national championship under Pitino in 2013.

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Chuck Person Amongst Four College Coaches Arrested On Corruption Charges

Sep 26, 2017 10:56 AM

Four college basketball coaches have been arrested on a probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA.

The coaches named in court documents are Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, Arizona's Book Richardson and USC's Tony Bland.

Other people named in the documents include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing at Adidas; Merl Code, who recently left Nike for Adidas; Christian Dawkins, an NBA agent who was recently fired from ASM Sports for charging approximately $42,000 in Uber charges on a player's credit card; Jonathan Brad Augustine, president of The League Initiative and program director of the Adidas-sponsored 1 Family AAU program; Munish Sood, a financial advisor; and Rishan Michel, former NBA official who founded Thompson Bespoke Clothing, a custom clothier for athletes.

In criminal complaints, investigators said basketball coaches have the ability to provide access to the student-athletes to sports agents, financial advisers, business managers and others.

"Moreover, many such coaches have enormous influence over the student-athletes who play for them, in particular with respect to guiding those student-athletes through the process of selecting agents and other advisers when they prepare to leave college and enter the NBA," the complaints said.

"The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisers, not because of the merits of those advisers, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisers to do so," the papers said.

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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

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke
Marvin Bagley is the top player in the incoming class of 2018.

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18
Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the class of 2018.

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R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018
R.J. 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
Marvin Bagley is scheduled to visit Duke while he's also considering USC, Kentucky and Arizona.

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John Calipari Reached Out To Knicks About President Opening
John Calipari reached out to the Knicks to express interest in their president of basketball operations job.

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RealGM Radio: 2017 NBA Draft Breakdown With Sam Vecenie
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News break down the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Mike Brown Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job
The Buckeyes parted ways with Thad Matta this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Fred Hoiberg Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job
Fred Hoiberg recently completed his second season in the NBA with the Bulls.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Ohio State Parts Ways With Thad Matta
Thad Matta is the all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history.

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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.

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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