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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie on Zion and the NBA Draft

Feb 23, 2019 12:12 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) catch up on 2019 NBA Draft prospects.

They discuss Zion Williamson’s injury and decision, the impact on his Duke teammates, Sam’s big new project, the 2019 offseason and more.

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Zion Williamson Day-To-Day With Grade 1 Right Knee Sprain

Feb 21, 2019 6:16 PM

Zion Williamson has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right knee sprain.

Williamson will be day-to-day.

Williamson suffered the injury during the opening minute of Duke's loss on Wednesday to North Carolina.

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NBA Formally Submits Plan To NBPA To Eliminate One-And-Done Rule

Feb 21, 2019 5:07 PM

The NBA has formally submitted a proposal to the NBPA to lower the draft-eligible age to 18 from 19.

The NBPA and its executive director, Michele Roberts, planned to review the proposal Monday at a post-All-Star weekend meeting in the Bahamas.

Adam Silver is on record saying the current 19-year-old age limit is not working for the league or college basketball.

The rule change will likely take effect by the 2022 NBA Draft, which would give most teams ample time to prepare for the effects of the change.

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Zion Williamson Suffers Mild Knee Sprain After Sneaker Blowout

Feb 21, 2019 12:07 AM

Zion Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain after blowing out his shoe 36 seconds into a rivalry game against UNC. Duke lost the game 88-72.

Mike Kzryzewski said Williamson's knee was stable, and that the team would provide a timetable for his recovery on Thursday.

Williamson was wearing a pair of Nike PG 2.5's, Paul George's signature sneaker from last fall, during the blowout.

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Duke-UNC Ticket Prices Hit Super Bowl Levels

Feb 20, 2019 10:43 AM

Ticket prices for Wednesday's game between Duke and North Carolina have reached amounts typically reserved for Super Bowls.

The cheapest available tickets for Cameron Indoor Stadium is $2,500.

One ticket to this week's UNC-Duke game sold for $10,652, per Vivid Seats. 

Duke is ranked No. 1 while North Carolina ranks No. 8 with the presence of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish adding more intrigue to the rivalry game.

"Between Zion Williamson, a No. 1 ranking and this being one of the biggest rivalries in sports, there's intense demand," TickPick marketing strategist Kyle Zorn said. "There's also a limited supply of inventory, which is having a major effect on price. Cameron Indoor Stadium has 13 percent the seating capacity of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. When you factor in that the floor seating is reserved for students, you're left with a short supply -- and massive demand."

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Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

LeBron James Praises Zion Williamson's Intangibles

Feb 15, 2019 5:48 PM

LeBron James praised Zion Williamson after watching him in person during Duke's win over Virginia last weekend.

"What strikes me? His agility and his quickness. For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he's very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That's obviously, that's ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves [with] at that size is very impressive," said James.

But James said he was most impressed with how Williamson is handling off-court pressures.

"The best thing I've noticed is he seems like a good kid. He seems like he's got his head on straight. And when they asked him about, you know, guys in our league and people who cover our league talking about, 'If I was Zion Williamson, I would sit out for the rest of the year,' he was like, 'That's [silly]. Why? I'm here to play basketball. I love to play basketball. I'm here at Duke, I'm having fun. These are my friends. I'm having a great time. Why would I sit out?' That's the type of s--- that strikes me. Everybody gets so caught up in the game itself. I look at the intangibles. And he seems like he has great intangibles and seems like a great kid," he added.


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Tags: LeBron James, Zion Williamson, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

UCLA Reportedly Targeting Tony Bennett As Next Head Coach

Feb 14, 2019 8:45 PM

UCLA are looking to hire Tony Bennett as their next head coach. 

“They are going hard after Tony Bennett and he has not said no yet,” according to a source.

Bennett's grinding style of play would be an issue in winning over UCLA fans.

“That cost [former coach Ben] Howland. They never embraced him because of his defensive approach. The low-scoring and methodical pace was not appreciated by Coach [John] Wooden or the fans," according to the source.

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Anthony Edwards Commits To Georgia

Feb 11, 2019 10:34 AM

Anthony Edwards has committed to Georgia.

Edwards is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the incoming class of 2019. In a recent ESPN mock draft for 2020, Edwards is selected No. 2 behind Jaden McDaniels.

"The reason I picked the University of Georgia is because it's my home school," Edwards told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "I want to put the state school back on the basketball map. Tom Crean is a great dude, and I believe in him coaching me and developing me. On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy."

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Zion Williamson Leaves Game With Eye Injury

Jan 12, 2019 7:35 PM

Zion Williamson left Duke's 80-78 last-second win over Florida State in the first half after getting poked in the eye. He did not return to the game.

"He had double vision. He came out in the second half -- Nate [James, associate head coach] told me, with about three minutes to go -- I wasn't out on the court yet; he ran back and said, 'Zion's got double vision.' And I said, 'Well, let's see. He can't play, obviously, if he has that,'" said Mike Krzyzewski. 


Krzyzewski was optimistic over Williamson's availability for their Monday game against Syracuse. 

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Zion Williams, R.J. Barrett, Nassir Little, Ja Morant In Top-4 Of Latest ESPN Mock Draft

Jan 10, 2019 7:18 PM

Ja Morant of Murray State has climbed to No. 4 in the latest ESPN 2019 NBA Mock Draft. Morant is a sophomore point guard.

Zion Williams and R.J. Barrett are in the first two slots, followed by Nassir Little at No. 3. Cam Reddish rounds out the top-5.

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Fred Hoiberg Prefers To Continue Coaching Rather Than Exec Job
Fred Hoiberg has been linked with the head coaching jobs of the Wolves and UCLA.

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Bol Bol Out With Season-Ending Foot Injury, Will Prepare For NBA Draft
Bol is projected to be a top-5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

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UCLA Fires Steve Alford As Head Coach
Fred Hoiberg, Jamie Dixon and Earl Watson are likely candidates for the job.

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Murray State's Ja Morant Scores 25 In Front Of NBA Scouts
The 6'3" Morant is projected as a lottery pick.

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Zion Williamson: Playing 41 Games At Madison Square Garden Would Be 'Incredible'
Williamson finished the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds in front of several NBA executives.

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Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke
Vernon Carey Jr. chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina.

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Darius Garland Out For Season With Meniscus Surgery
Darius Garland entered the season as a possible lottery pick.

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Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class
Zion Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory.

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James Wiseman Commits To Memphis Over Kentucky
James Wiseman has been referred to as a "unicorn," like other players with his unique size and ability.

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LaMelo Ball Enrolls At Spire Institute In Ohio
LaMelo Ball is eligible to play because Spire is a prep school.

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Cavaliers Could Have Interest In Avery Johnson
Avery Johnson is in his fourth season at Alabama and has coached in the NBA previously.

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Rick Pitino Interested In Return To NBA
Rick Pitino has hired Drew Rosenhaus to represent him.

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Michele Roberts Anticipates Possible Unionization Of G League Players
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.

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Jontay Porter Out For Season With Torn ACL, MCL
Jontay Porter was expected to be a mid-first round pick in 2019.

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NBA Trying To Add Two Conditions To Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule
The NBA wants agents to share medical information with all teams and to mandate players participate in the pre-draft combine.

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G League To Offer $125k Salaries To Elite One-And-Done Prospects
While changes to the NBA's age limit likely won't be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this an immediate response.

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USA Basketball Appoints Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan, Jay Wright As Assistant Coaches
Gregg Popovich has selected his assistant coaches for the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

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