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Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke

Dec 6, 2018 4:36 PM

Vernon Carey Jr. has announced his commitment to Duke.

Carey is a 6'10 center and considered the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2019.

Carey's father played football at Miami and for the Miami Dolphins.

Carey chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina. 

"Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court," said Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director. "What makes him special is his ability to dominate in the paint while also being effective with his face-up game. His nimble footwork and soft touch is not talked about enough at his physically imposing size. His future upside lies in conditioning."

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Tags: Vernon Carey, Jr., Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2019 NBA Draft

Nov 30, 2018 9:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2019 NBA Draft prospects and the college basketball season so far.

They discuss Zion Williamson’s rise to consensus top prospect, his teammates at Duke, Bol Bol’s unique skill set, players who have improved their stock and much more.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, Bol Bol, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, RealGM Radio

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Darius Garland Out For Season With Meniscus Surgery

Nov 27, 2018 1:00 PM

Darius Garland will likely be out for the remainder of his freshman season at Vanderbilt due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Garland underwent successful surgery.

Garland's season ends with him averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.8 minutes per game.

Garland entered the season as a possible lottery pick.

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Tags: Darius Garland, Vanderbilt Commodores, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class

Nov 23, 2018 10:31 AM

Zion Williamson is settling in as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft class.

Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory.

"Don't overthink this one," said one high ranking executive.

"Don't pass up on another unicorn," said another.

Williamson has exceeded expectations over his first few weeks with Duke.

Some scouts believe the No. 1 pick will come down to Williamson and Cam Reddish, not RJ Barrett.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA B-Ball IQ

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James Wiseman Commits To Memphis Over Kentucky

Nov 20, 2018 5:05 PM

James Wiseman has committed to Memphis over Kentucky.

Wiseman is a seven-footer from Memphis.

Wiseman announced his decision on SportsCenter, bringing out a unicorn wearing the Memphis logo. He has been referred to as a "unicorn," like other players with his unique size and ability.

Early in his recruitment, Wiseman was considered a strong Kentucky lean.

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Tags: James Wiseman, Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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LaMelo Ball Enrolls At Spire Institute In Ohio

Nov 6, 2018 2:26 PM

LaMelo Ball will return to the United States to play high school basketball at the Spire Institute in Ohio.

Ball had played in Lithuania with BC Vytautas Prienai.

“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year,” said Ball. “Playing in international competition was a great experience. I learned and matured so much. I appreciated the JBA experience my dad provided for me. I think it helped my development. I can’t wait to play with my peers.”

Ball is eligible to play because Spire is a prep school.

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Cavaliers Could Have Interest In Avery Johnson

Oct 31, 2018 11:56 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have interest in pursuing Avery Johnson as head coach.

Dan Gilbert has had interest in hiring a college coach for several seasons with offers in the past to Tom Izzo, Bill Self and John Calipari. Johnson is in his fourth season at Alabama and has coached in the NBA previously with the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets.

Johnson also coached Collin Sexton at Alabama.

Officials from the Cavaliers spent time with Johnson in advance of drafting Sexton.

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Tags: Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers, Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rick Pitino Interested In Return To NBA

Oct 29, 2018 12:55 PM

Rick Pitino is hoping to become a candidate for an NBA job next offseason. Pitino has hired Drew Rosenhaus to represent him.

Just a month ago, Pitino said he was "finished coaching."

"I just want to be a part of an organization," Pitino told ESPN. "I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I'm using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I'd have deep interest in it.

"I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization. That's my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success."

Pitino was fired at Louisville in the aftermath of the FBI probe into college basketball. 

Pitino was previously a head coach with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Michele Roberts Anticipates Possible Unionization Of G League Players

Oct 24, 2018 8:05 AM

Michele Roberts reacted to an announcement from the NBA that the G League will have "Special Contracts" available for top prep stars who wish to forego college and make $125,000 for one season in the G League. The goal of the plan is to offer an alternate path for prospects who would rather not to go college before the one-and-done rule is eliminated, which will likely be by 2022.

“Everybody wants to stay at home. That’s natural instinct,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports. “Going overseas is lonely. The G League, at least historically, has been a more profitable option … most of the time, guys are making more money, having access to family and friends.”

Roberts wasn't involved in the union when the one-and-done rule was enacted.

“I don’t know how many slots we’re talking about [for elite G League players with special contracts], I don’t know what additional conditions are attached to it,” Roberts said. “This is not something we’ve [the NBPA] negotiated. [The prospects] are not members of the union. I have more questions about that contract. The six figures will get some guys’ attention.”

Roberts told Yahoo Sports that unionization of G League players could be on the horizon.

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Tags: High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League, NBA CBA

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Jontay Porter Out For Season With Torn ACL, MCL

Oct 22, 2018 9:28 AM

Jontay Porter will miss the entire upcoming season after tearing his ACL and MCL on Sunday.

Porter suffered the injuries during a scrimmage on Sunday against Southern Illinois.

Porter was expected to be a mid-first round pick in 2019. Porter tested the draft waters last spring.

Knee problems have been an issue for the Porter siblings in recent years. Bri Porter, Jontay and Michael's sister, retired from basketball before last season at Missouri after suffering her fifth ACL tear. 

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

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